Nam Et - Phou Louey National Protected Area
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River safari into tiger wilds
The Nam Nern Night Safari is a 24-hour, boat-based tour into the core of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area in north-east Laos. The highlight of the trip, set up by the Wildlife Conservation Society in order to incentivize local communities not to hunt endangered species, is the nighttime wildlife-spotlighting, when long-tail boats drift down the Nam Nern River looking for wild and endangered animals (this is "the last home for the tiger in Indochina," after all) before returning visitors to the simple-yet-comfy ecolodge within the national park. The highlight for me was simply being on that river, heading upstream initially towards the "core zone" of the protected area. It was a journey into every shade of green. A voyage into the wild, and yet an expedition into peace. And, late at night, after a campfire river-side dinner and some hours of game seeking while drifting back downstream, sleep in that cosy bamboo hut was profound.
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