Dong Hua Sao NPA

Bolaven Plateau Region

The 1100-sq-km Dong Hua Sao NPA, south of Paksong, is home to large tracts of pristine jungle, where you might spot monkeys, large butterflies and rare hornbills. Poaching is a problem, as is illegal logging to plant coffee. Adventure specialist Green Discovery runs its Tree Top Explorer trips here, which are an excellent way to experience the park, though bookings must be made in Pakse. Treks run by Tad Fane Resort also get you into the park.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bolaven Plateau Region attractions

1. Tayicseua

2.98 MILES

There are seven significant waterfalls (none of them named Tayicseua) and several smaller ones at this remote but easily accessible private nature reserve…

2. Tat Hua Khon

14.07 MILES

Three kilometres south of the Tat Faek turn-off from Rte 11 (just past the market), this waterfall is an impressive 100m wide. The P&S Garden resort,…

3. Tat Faek

14.92 MILES

Sixteen kilometres south of Sekong, and well-signed off Rte 11, is this wide, beautiful 5m-high waterfall where you can swim in the pool atop the falls…

4. Sekong Provincial Historical Museum

20.56 MILES

The first floor has just a few old stones, UXO and photos from the war years. But the tribal displays of textiles and household tools (don't miss the…

5. Montra Flower Garden

20.65 MILES

Taking advantage of the Bolaven Plateau's cool climate and fertile soil, this newly opened flower garden 11km east of Paksong makes a nice break from…

6. Sekong Market

20.96 MILES

Fresh food offerings in this market include mushrooms, squirrels, herbs and other forest products. It's best in the late afternoon.

7. Lak 3 Market

20.98 MILES

A lively market selling fresh foods, baguettes and other snacks.

8. Tat Sae Pong Lai

21.53 MILES

This spectacular waterfall was unfortunately heavily affected by the 2018 Attapeu Dam collapse. It's difficult to reach, lying about 7km north of Tat Sae…