Swamp Cypress Hike & Beach Camping on the Nam Xot (2-Day)

Swamp Cypress Hike & Beach Camp on the Nam Xot (2-Day)

2 Days Long Hike Boat Travel 1-10 passengers

Swamp Cypress Hike & Beach Camping on the Nam Xot (2-Day)

Hike to Nakai Nam Theun National Park's ancient Swamp Cypress forest. Camp on the sandy beaches of the Nam Xot River and enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars. Listen for gibbon calls in the early morning. For the adventurous and fit, climb Tad Nyim Waterfall on the way to the Swamp Cypress. Visit Ban Nahao, an ethnic village inside the park, and learn about basket making. See birds and macaques (with some luck) on the roundtrip boat ride from Thalang. This tour is arranged by the Phosy Thalang Guesthouse.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

This trip includes a 4-hour+ walk to the Swamp Cypress forest and Tad Nyim Waterfall. Choose between moderate and difficult trails depending on fitness.

Local Guide & Boats Required

The guesthouse will arrange for local guides & boats from Nahao Village, which are required.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

Gibbon calls (in the early morning), birds, macaques (with patience), reptiles.

Booking with Local Guesthouses

Book with Phosy Thalang or other local guesthouses in Nakai District.

Trip Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary. Contact the Phosy Thalang Guesthouse for more information.

D1 7:00 AM - Breakfast at your guesthouse

Pre-book your breakfast to get an earlier start.

D1 7:30 AM - Depart Thalang by boat

Take a traditional long-tail boat to Ban Nahao up across the Nam Theun 2 Reservoir and up the Nam Xot River.

D1 10:00 AM - Arrive at Nahao Village

Walk around this ethnic village. Learn about basket making with natural materials,.

D1 12:00 - Lunch in Nahao Village
Enjoy a local lunch made by the Nahao homestay group.
D1 1:30 AM - Boat to Nam Xot camp spot
Boat to the Nam Xot River beach camping spot with local guide and local boat from Nahao Village. Set up camp. Take a swim if it’s hot and relax.
D1 6:00 PM - Barbecue Dinner
Enjoy a barbecue dinner on the sandy beach. Sit around the campfire and enjoy the stars above.
D2 5:30 AM - Listen for gibbon calls
Listen for the beautiful calls of the endangered white-cheeked gibbon from the surrounding jungles.
D2 7:00 AM - Breakfast
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D2 8:00 AM - Hike to Tad Nyim Waterfall
Hike to the Swamp Cypress forest. For the adventurous and fit, climb Tad Nyim Waterfall. Local guides will point out medicinal plants along the way. 4+ hours
D2 12:00 PM - Picnic lunch on the beach & swim
After returning from your hike, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Take one last swim before packing up the camp.
D2 2:00 - 4:30PM - Return to Thalang
Go back to Ban Nahao to drop off your local guide before heading back to Thalang. Look for birds and macaques in the late afternoon on the way back.
“We were a family of four and really enjoyed this trip. The highlight was camping on the beach and sitting around the campfire. ”
Veronica Luna

More Things to Do

Check out other things to do in Nakai Nam Theun National Park


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Roundtrip Boat Trip

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