Top things to do in Bolikhamsai & Khammuan Provinces

Top Choice National Park in Tha Khaek

Phu Hin Bun NPA

Phu Hin Bun NPA is a huge (1580 sq km) wilderness area of turquoise streams, monsoon forests and striking karst topography across central Khammuan. It was made a protected area in 1993 and it's no overstatement to s…
Top Choice Fusion in Tha Khaek

Khop Chai Deu

Classy and low-lit, this fine restaurant is as sophisticated as sleepy Tha Khaek gets. Based in a pretty French colonial-era building, the open-range kitchen, visible but behind glass, dishes up tasty Lao salad, bur…
Cave in Bolikhamsai & Khammuan Provinces

Tham Lot Se Bang Fai

The most impressive, and yet least visited, cave in Khammuan is the amazing Tham Lot Se Bang Fai. Located in Hin Namno NPA, the cave results from the Se Bang Fai river plunging 6.5km through a limestone mountain, le…
Cave in Tha Khaek

Tham Pha Chan

Tham Pha Chan has an entrance 60m high and about 100m wide. A stream runs about 600m through a limestone karst and in the dry season it's possible to walk to the far side. At its western end there is a sandalwood Bu…
Buddhist Temple in Tha Khaek

Pha That Sikhottabong

About 6km south of town is the much-venerated Pha That Sikhottabong, which stands in the grounds of a 19th-century monastery of the same name. Considered one of the most important tâht (stupa) in Laos, Sikhottabong …
Lake in Tha Khaek

Khoun Kong Leng

Nestled amid the limestone karsts of the Phu Hin Bun NPA is the stunningly beautiful Evening Gong Lake. The luminescent green waters spring from a subterranean river that filters through the limestone, making the wa…
Cave in Tha Khaek

Tham Xieng Liap

Turning off Rte 12 at Km 14 (before a major bridge) you'll come across a sign pointing to this cave. Follow the dirt track south for about 400m near the village of Ban Songkhone (about 10.5km from Rte 13), to the st…
Waterfall in Ban Khoun Kham

Tat Namsanam

The main local attraction is the impressive twin-cataract of Tat Namsanam, 3km north of town, although in the dry season, it's, well, dry. The falls are in a striking location surrounded by karst and the upper tier …
National Park in Pak Kading

Nam Kading NPA

The Nam Kading (Kading River) is undoubtedly the best way into the wilderness that is Nam Kading NPA, where confirmed animal rarities include the elephant, giant muntjac, pygmy slow loris, François' langur, douc lan…
Cave in Tha Khaek

Tham Nang Aen

The last cave along this stretch of Rte 12 is the touristy Tham Nang Aen, about 18km from Tha Khaek. It's well lit inside, but a little kitsch in terms of the colour scheme. It is also possible to take a small boat …