Related Links

Below you will find some useful links regarding this project and other ecotourism projects in Laos. Do you have some interesting links worth adding to this page? Please let us know!


Project Initiators

National Tourism Authority of Laos:

German Development Service (DED):

Ecotourism in Laos

General information:
Government site. Offers extensive and good information

Tour Operators offering tours to Phou Khao Khouay

Green Discovery Laos:
Exotissimo Travel Laos:
Diethelm Travel Laos:
Dokkham Travel:
Champa Lao Travel:
Lao World Travel:
Lao Youth Travel:
Tavanh Travel Service:
Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures

Voluntary Work

Open Mind Projects:

If you consider doing voluntary work in Phou Khao Khouay:
OMP Volunteers have been teaching English in Ban Na and Ban Hatkhai - and designed this website. Thanks to Karin and Astrid from Holland!

Phou Khao Khouay NPA Tourist Information
Laos Tagebuch (diary): (in German)
Good personal information
(in German), 2006
Personal website of the writer of "Reise-Know-How - Laos" (in German)
Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher:
Loose Guides (in German), 2006
DuMont Reiseführer:
(in German), 2006
Arukikata Travel Guide Book:
(in Japanese), 2006
Lonely Planet:
Lonely Planet, in English or French, 2009

Recommended Accommodation elsewhere:
Ban Pako Eco-resort:
A small eco-resort on the way to Phou Khao Khouay
The Boat Landing Guesthouse:
A nice ecotourism lodge and restaurant in Ban Kone (Luang Namtha)

Kingfisher Ecolodge:
A nice small eco-lodge at the edge of a wetland and elephant riding nearby (Ban Kiet Ngong, Champassak Province)
General Accommodation links:


Organisations working with Elephants - Getting more Information about Elephants

Elefant Asia:
Watch out for the next Elephant Festival in February 2010 (Xaignaburi Province). Now established as an annual event in Laos, it enjoys an increasing number of spectators

Elephant Nature Park:
(in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Elephant Park:
(Luang Prabang)
Helping Elephants:
Elephant Nature Club:


Orchid spotting in Phou Khao Khouay NPA

Orchid treks / Orchid Farm
Guided tours by orchid specialists

Media and Other Related Links
Philippe Coste: or
Philippe takes great shots with his B/W camera

Paul Wager:
Paul's postcads are a delight!
Bart Verweij:
Bart captured wonderful moments during the inauguration of the elephant tower in Ban Na


InFocus Asia:
Did the filming (2007) for Discovery Channel (ANIMAL PLANET) in Ban Na, featuring Mr. Bounthanom and the Elephant Tower

Printed Matter

Sayo Magazin:
Nice features about Phou Khao Khouay in some of its 2004/2005 issues

Vientiane Times:
Official English language newspaper in Laos. Reports often about eco-tourism.


Want to 'Travel On Your Own' to Phou Khao Khouay?

Rent motorbikes  
Jule's Classic Rental
Has a wide variety of off-road bikes for rent right in the heart of Vientiane ("Phimphone Market")

Green Discovery Laos
Many good motorbikes; offers also guided motorbike as well as mountain bike tours all over the country

Asia Vehicle Rental / Europ Car

Reliable and well maintained cars

You need a trustworthy guy to carry you around with his comfortable van?

David Unkovitch:
Probably the most useful and best up-dated map available in Laos (latest issue 2009)


Eco-friendly Lao Design

Vincent Fischer-Zernin:



Works in Ban Na for the promotion of Lao handicraft (PPP - Public Private Partnership)

Silk weaving; beautiful designs, upper end. Owner is author of good books on Lao weaving and handicraft



Anantara Resort, Chiang Saen,
Northern Thailand
A wonderful, first class resort; elephant camp. Helped us during the preparation designing the Elephant Tower (c/o John Roberts. Thanks, Robert!).


Cycling in Oudomxay/Phongsali
If you need a guided tour, try Ken, a good man!
Try also