Even among the protected areas in the country, the 2,400 square km Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA) is of exceptional biological importance and diversity. Home to 51 key species of birds including the Giant Ibis and Sarus Crane as well as 36 species of mammals, Xe Pian is one of the province’s premier ecotourism destinations. Kiet Ngong Village is the jump off point for nature walks, bird watching, trekking, elephant rides and day trips to the Phou Asa archaeological site.

The Ta Ong Trail is one of the more remote and exciting experiences in Xe Pian. Camping is also gaining popularity in Xe Pian, with trails to take you deep into the jungle far away from the village and is best for those who would like to experience old grown forests and signs of wildlife. However, those who choose either programs should be in good condition and ready for adventure, as the area is wild and remote. A local guide is required on the Ta Ong Trail and for camping tours.