The Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA) is located in the southern provinces of Champassak and Attapeu, close to the Cambodian border. It was established by PM Decree 164 on 29 October 1993, covering an area of 2,400km2. Xe Pian NPA is considered to be one of the top three most biologically important nature reserves in Laos.
It is home to abundant and rare wildlife such as elephant, gaur, Asiatic black bear, Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, among others. The park’s main forest type is mixed evergreen covering about 80% of its area. Deciduous forest constitutes the further 17% of the park. It is also famous for its extensive wetlands, the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands Ramsar site (designated in 2010), an important area for water birds.
This protected area offers exciting ecotourism activities such as birdwatching, trekking in the forest, canoeing with a local guide through the wetlands in the rainy season, or simply relaxing and observing life in the wetlands. Tourism activities help to provide livelihood opportunities for local villagers.
The Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands complex in Champassak Province is one of two wetlands that were designated as Ramsar sites upon Lao PDR’s accession to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) in 2010. It is made up of a number of important wetland types, including swamps, lakes, peatlands and marshes. It is also one of the few places in Lao PDR where peatland areas can be found. The Bung Kiat Ngong wetland cover 2,360 hectares.
Xe Pian National Protected Area and Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands complex is approximately 56 km south of the provincial capital, Pakse This site visit will take about 1-hour drive from Champasak Grand Hotel