Along with Ban Na, the village of Ban Hat Khai is a launch point for treks into Phu Khao Khuay NPA. Destinations include the huge cliff, views and beautiful landscape of Pha Luang (three to four hours one way), and the forested areas around Huay Khi Ling (two to three hours one way).
A trek taking in both these areas takes two or three days, depending on the season, and involves sleeping in the forest (guides cost 160,00K per day, a permit costs 50,000K, plus you need to contribute 50,000K to the village fund). Boats can be arranged here (70,000K per person, up to five people) to take you upriver to Pha Xai.
Homestay-style accommodation is also available in Ban Hat Khai for 30,000K per person, per night, with an additional 30,000K per person for food. The prices do not include transport from Vientiane and are not negotiable. All monies go to the village and NPA. Call Lao-speaking Mr Khammuan.
Another place to see in Laos: Wat Xieng Thong
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