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NATIONAL PROTECTED AREAs IN LAOS

PHOU LOEI

Location: Luang Prabang & Houaphanh Province.

Area: 1,465 sq. km

Ecotourism Activities Available: None yet

Key Species: Clouded leopard, tiger, and leopard. All large cats endemic to Indochina are reported to exist.

Habitat: Mixed deciduous and evergreen forest covering rough highlands ranging from 500 m – 2,257 m. Drainage is primarily southwest into the Nam Khan and Nam Xuang Rivers. Much bamboo and grassland is found in the NPA, probably the result of past shifting cultivation.

Access: Most conveniently accessed by an all- weather road from Phonsavanh on Route 7 and Route 1 to MeuangHiam. The northern area can be approached from XamNeua on a rough seasonal road, which traverses Nam Et NBCA in an east-west direction.