province contains two vast wilderness areas known as the
Khammuane Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation
Area and the Nakai - Nam Theun National Biodiversity
Kahmmuane Limestone is a maze of limestone karst peaks
forming a stone forest of caves, rivers and
pristine jungle. For most of the wet season, the area is
not accessible by road - most 'roads' being tracks with
log bridges across deeps streams. These tracks are often
routes across rice paddies near the river banks - during
the rainy season, the only way to get around is by boat.
Limestone Karst - Southern Laos
Tourism Authority of Lao PDR is currently investigating
ecotourism projects in this beautiful region.
of Khammouane province is Tha Kek, situated across the
Mekong from Nakorn Phanom in Thailand.
It is possible to make trips
out of Tha Kek, but facilities are limited. Boats may be
chartered to explore rivers, but a good guide is
Nearby Tha Kek are the Tham
Xieng Lap caves, Tham Phaa Baan Tham, a cave shrine and
other cave structures can be between km 8 and km 16 on the
road to Mahaxai. A guide and driver are recommended. Tha
Kek hotels should be able to assist with visitor requests
in organising tours.
kilometers to the south of the town is the That
Sikhotabong or Sikhotabong Stupa, constructed around the
nineth to tenth century by King Nanthasen.