The Lao Loum villagers of Kiet Ngong (ບ້ານກຽດໂງ້ງ), near the Se Pian NPA, run southern Laos' most successful community-based ecotourism project. Started in the mid-2000s with help from the Asian Development Bank, Kiet Ngong is functioning on its own now.
Kiet Ngong sits at the edge of a bird-rich wetland about 9km from Rte 13. Working elephants and an unusually large herd of buffalo give the wetland a safari feel. It's best to sleep here for at least a night, but it also works as a day trip from Pakse or Champasak.
Visitors heading to Kiet Ngong must pay a 25,000K entry fee for Se Pian NPA at the little white building 2km east of Rte 13 that you pass on your way there.