Go a step further! Be one with nature and blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy…

 
 

Clean Energy
Don't abdicate your every morning shaving! Thanks to our state-of-the-art power generating system which taps its energy from the waterfall, electricity in the camp is guaranteed - absolutely environment friendly and clean, without fumes and noise!.

 

In case of technical failure, conventional generators temporarily back up the main system.

 

Construction and Safety
Safety and environment friendly construction is our foremost concern! The equipment is brand new and from renowned international suppliers (e.g. Petzl, Camp). The guides are especially trained in the use and supervision of this equipment. A Thai company (Italian Own) specialized on setting up adventure venues all over the region and an untainted safety record was/is in charge of design, the project realization, and regular maintenance checks thereafter. The construction does not harm the environment - no tree had to be felled, and fixing the facilities neither inflicts any major damage to the trees nor does it hinder their further growth.

 

Environment Concerns
Expect your own tree-top toilet with the sewerage safely and environment friendly collected and disposed of. The bathroom, however, is for all, down on earth and near the restaurant. Also here, the waste water is filtered and cleaned in special tanks before being released into the forest.

 

The Park ("Dong Hua Sao")
The Dong Hua Sao mountain range is a major one of the 20 National Protected Areas in Laos. Its area spans over 1,100 sqkm, half of it is truly mountainous with steep to very steep slopes rising to the edge of the Bolaven Plateau at an elevation of up to 1000m and with peaks near the plateau rim up to almost 1 300 m. The other half is lowland with rolling hills and elevations from 100 to 300 m. At the highest elevations occasionally sub-zero temperatures can be expected. Five major streams within the park feature significant stretches of little disturbed riverine habitat. Stunning waterfalls are a 'trademark' of Dong Hua Sao. The Bolaven is believed to be an extinct giant volcano and hard to distinguish as such after millions of year of withering. The fertile volcanic soils are considered to be the best in Laos and in combination with the cooler climate an ideal ground for coffee, tea and vegetables.

The Bolaven is believed to be an extinct giant volcano and hard to distinguish as such after millions of year of withering. The fertile volcanic soils are considered to be the best in Laos and in combination with the cooler climate an ideal ground for coffee, tea and vegetables.

Forest
Semi-dry evergreen forest is the dominant vegetation of the Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area. However, most of the lowland forest is logged, while the slopes remain in pristine condition. The upland forest is considerably different in species composition, depending on rainfall and duration of dry season. The project supports all efforts to stop illegal logging.

 

Wildlife and Engagement for the Preservation of Nature
The yellow-cheeked gibbon (Hylobates gabriellae) is present in a globally significant population in the area. Other monkeys, mainly macaques, can frequently be seen near the site and birds are plentiful in the forests. Scientific research in the park has been as of now patchy and much of the flora and fauna waits to be explored and its composition thoroughly described.

Most pressing threats to wildlife in the Protected Area are the conversion of mature forest to coffee plantations associated with road construction and illegal hunting. In order to actively support the preservation of the natural heritage...

 

The Jungle Hotel Paksong
Located inside a valley basin of the Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area, the Jungle Hotel Paksong is actually a tiny village in the midst of dense forest and surrounded by sky-reaching cliffs with thundering waterfalls. It comprises six tree houses, a restaurant and some service facilities.


The Tree Houses
The tree houses are simply romantic and privacy is guaranteed! These single-room huts, wholly made of indigenous materials high in the crowns of the trees, will give you the feel of being transferred into another world, completely unified with nature. Some of the houses are up to more than 20 m above the ground. Beds, mosquito nets, everything is there for a smooth night. No air-con or fridge, however, but your own toilet! Get up with a hot early morning tea shaker (from a thermos) before you zip – the only way to get in or out - to the restaurant to enjoy a hot or cold shower and usher the dawning day with a hearty breakfast in the jungle.


 

Since the construction materials used for the houses are natural but inflammable (wood, grass roofs), the use of candles is strictly prohibited.

 

Clean Energy
Don't abdicate your every morning shaving! Thanks to our state-of-the-art power generating system which taps its energy from the waterfall, electricity in the camp is guaranteed - absolutely environment friendly and clean, without fumes and noise!

 

In case of technical failure, conventional generators temporarily back up the main system.


Construction and Safety
Safety and environment friendly construction is our foremost concern! The equipment is brand new and from renowned international suppliers (e.g. Petzl, Camp). The guides are especially trained in the use and supervision of this equipment. A Thai company, (Italian Own) specialized on setting up adventure venues all over the region and having an untainted safety record, was/is in charge of design, the project realization, and regular maintenance checks thereafter. The construction does not harm the environment - no tree had to be felled, and fixing the facilities neither inflicts any major damage to the trees nor does it hinder their further growth.


Environment Concerns
Expect your own tree-top toilet with the sewerage safely and environment friendly collected and disposed of. The bathroom, however, is for all, down on earth and near the restaurant. Also here, the waste water is filtered and cleaned in special tanks before being released into the forest.


The Park ("Dong Hua Sao")
The Dong Hua Sao mountain range is a major one of the 20 National Protected Areas in Laos. Its area spans over 1,100 sqkm, half of it is truly mountainous with steep to very steep slopes rising to the edge of the Bolaven Plateau at an elevation of up to 1000m and with peaks near the plateau rim up to almost 1 300 m. The other half is lowland with rolling hills and elevations from 100 to 300 m. At the highest elevations occasionally sub-zero temperatures can be expected. Five major streams within the park feature significant stretches of little disturbed riverine habitat. Stunning waterfalls are a 'trademark' of Dong Hua Sao. The Bolaven is believed to be an extinct giant volcano and hard to distinguish as such after millions of year of withering. The fertile volcanic soils are considered to be the best in Laos and in combination with the cooler climate an ideal ground for coffee, tea and vegetables.


Forest
Semi-dry evergreen forest is the dominant vegetation of the Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area. However, most of the lowland forest is logged, while the slopes remain in pristine condition. The upland forest is considerably different in species composition, depending on rainfall and duration of dry season. The project supports all efforts to stop illegal logging.


 

Wildlife and Engagement for the Preservation of Nature
The yellow-cheeked gibbon (Hylobates gabriellae) is present in a globally significant population in the area. Other monkeys, mainly macaques, can frequently be seen near the site and birds are plentiful in the forests. Scientific research in the park has been as of now patchy and much of the flora and fauna waits to be explored and its composition thoroughly described.

Most pressing threats to wildlife in the Protected Area are the conversion of mature forest to coffee plantations associated with road construction and illegal hunting. In order to actively support the preservation of the natural heritage, contacts with organizations like IUCN Laos, WCS, WWF, and the University of Laos have been established to provide them more opportunities for studies on flora and fauna inside the Dong Hua Sao National Park and at the site in particular. The project is also actively involved in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.


The Gorges
These gorges are just gorgeous! Fly high crosswise over the ravine, or in almost touching distance to the green roof of the treetops or the roaring water splashing down the falls. The views are stunning and the adrenaline level is reaching for the high - guaranteed.

The Zip-line System
Heart of the project is a system of zip-lines starting from platforms high in the trees. Whizz zig-zag in front of waterfalls cross deep gorges – just (but safely) attached to a cable not wider than a finger and hardly visible. There are short cables to get acquainted to the adventurous feel or into the tree houses. The longest cable is spanning more than 400 meters, with an even longer one envisioned! Gaining considerable speed after leaving the platform and breaking at the other end is nothing else than following the principle of gravity. It is definitely an unrivalled experience to fly along the mighty waterfall in almost touchable distance or over mighty trees.


More kicks
If this all is not enough to give the visitor a kick, the 'via ferrata', which have to be passed when returning to the village, truly will! Optional 'canyoning' (or 'abseiling') in the waterfall can be offered for the daring and experienced, but is not part of the regular program.


Corporate Incentives
The project gives lots of fun and thrill to everyone regardless of age and gender. Companies wishing to give their staff a well-deserved treat in a completely different environment will find in this project something that is hard to match. Measured on the multiple feedback we got so far, employees will come back to office with lots enjoyable and, more importantly, memorable stories to tell!.


 

Team Building
Any organization looking for an ideal venue for team building activities should reconsider its ideas of the past. Try the Tree Top Explorer! This project will certainly bring some people to their physical and psychological limits, but they are without any doubt manageable with the help of the friends, colleagues and experienced guides - and initial fears will quickly be overcome and replaced by delight and even pride. Our team can tailor a special program for you and your staff that will be unforgettable and bring your people closer to each other.


Research
The Tree Top Explorer is happy to invite students and researchers from all over the country or even abroad who want to study the upper strata of the forest. The canopy walkway can serve as an ideal platform and entrance to a usually hard-to-reach and pristine ecosystem. The surrounding environs of the National Protected Area are in desperate need for thorough scientific exploration. Gaining deeper understanding of flora and fauna in the area is of mutual interest and benefit for all involved, gives it not only excellent new opportunities for researchers but also more in-depth information that can be passed on to interested visitors, and may ultimately add significant data to the national treasure of science.


Learning and Education
The project is also open for school trips and kids of all ages – not only for fun but also for learning. The Tree Top Explorer therefore encourages school teachers, particularly from the nearby districts and provinces, to make use of the opportunity to give their pupils an unforgettable outdoor classroom experience and raising their awareness of environmental issues in such an extraordinary location.

 

Protecting our Natural Heritage
With booking the Tree Top Explorer and having the benefit of outstanding enjoyment, the visitor is directly supporting the Dong Hua Sao park management in its overwhelming task to protect the natural resources of this beautiful mountain range from illegal exploitation and save endangered wildlife from indiscriminate hunting.


Stakeholders
The active involvement of the villagers turns them into true stakeholders. By being part of the project, they are benefiting not only financially through it. With adequate training they get valuable insights in the importance of wildlife protection and the dangers of habitat encroachment and become protectors/guardians of the forest.

Close cooperation with the local park authority is essential for a smooth and sustainable operation of the project. Tree Top Explorer supports the forest rangers in their difficult task to protect such a wide mountainous area efficiently through donations of equipment badly in need.


The Village
Ban Nongluang is a small farming village not far from 'coffee capital' Paksong and the major tourist spots in Champassak. This village never had a real chance to get its fair share from this tourism flow passing by only a few kilometers away with hardly any visitor arriving here before. With the new zip-line, this has changed dramatically, giving the villagers, women as men, some welcome extra jobs and additional income for their services as guide, guard, laborer, or food provider – and the opportunity to open their own small business such as making and selling handicraft or other local products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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