The natural choice for a break from city life in Tad Palai

in 2004, Mr Phouvong built 24 modest wooden huts and opened up Tad Palai for visitors back, the atmosphere at the site was no doubt a little more serene than that which you will experience today. Now, boasting 180 huts across the vast six hectare expanse of land close to the waterfall, the site welcomes hundreds of visitors every weekend.

Situated in Sikhottabong district, around 9km outside of Vientiane city centre, Tad Palai’s secluded surroundings are alive with families and groups of friends, escaping the city to while away their weekends somewhere calmer. Although, as the huts all have a working electricity supply, visitors are encouraged to bring along music players and encourage neighbouring huts to join the fun. After taking in the views from the main attraction, visitors can cool off in the fresh water and take a walk through the bamboo trees to make the most of what nature has provided.

About food, traditional Lao cuisine is prepared on site, with papaya salad and grilled fish among the reasonably priced dishes available, as well as bamboo soup, for those who want to truly be at one with their natural surroundings. Food can also be brought onto the site if visitors do not want to buy it.

For the restless visitor who may have had enough relaxation among the water and the trees, elephant rides and hula hoop shows provide a somewhat less natural form of entertainment. The site also has two petanque pitches for visitors to use. Due to Tad Palai’s growing success with both locals and tourists, Mr Phouvong said he hopes to expand the site even further, with more huts, a guesthouse and a shop to be added at some point in the future.

October is Tad Palai’s busiest month as this is when the water is highest.Hut rental and parking cost 20, 000 kip each, as do elephant rides.

Source: Vientiane Times