Vieng Thong

Right: Stranger in town

There's not a lot going on in Vieng Thong but it's not a bad little town to break up the journey between Sam Neua and Nong Khiaw or beyond. About a kilometre out of town is a hot spring and the office of the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA). They are quite proud of the tigers that are known to inhabit the region and work towards protecting the species from poachers and other hazards.

There are three guesthouses a market and a handful of restaurants.

Vieng Thong

Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area:

Wildlife Conservation Society (2006) Management of tiger, prey, and tiger human conflict in the NEPL NPA, Lao PDR

The Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area is located in the mountains of northern Lao and is the second largest NPA in the country, covering 3,446 km2 of mixed evergreen and deciduous forest ranging from 400m to 2257m. The landscape has a long history of human settlement that is characterized by patches of secondary forest, stands of bamboo and anthropogenic grasslands that are regularly burned for hunting and cattle grazing.Established in 1993, the NPA includes two districts in Luang Prabang province (Viengkham and Phonxay), four districts in Houaphan province (Viengthong, Huamuang, Xamneua and Xiengkhor), and one district in Xieng Khuang province (Phoukoud).

Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area is one of the few areas that have potentials to harbour breeding populations of tigers. In 2001 the NEPL NPA requested assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to collect baseline data on the status of tigers and prey and investigate farmer reported problems of tiger depredation of livestock in the NPA. It was estimated that there are about 7-21 tigers living in this NPA.

The goal of the tiger project: Increase tigers and the prey to sustain them by a minimum of 50% by 2015 in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area.

NEPL NPA Office Vienthong, Houaphan Province Lao PDR
ph +856 64 314471
fax 856 64 314471