Ang Nam Tien reveals languid lake lifestyle and elephant conservation

Xayaboury has long held the distinction as having the largest number of elephants in Laos which have commonly been used to carry heavy items to and from fields and forest, and the now the province is gaining wider interest for its many attractions.
The province still has low visitor numbers compared to other parts in the country but those with an adventurous spirit are guaranteed to be rewarded with an intimate and unique experience full of wonder.

The sunset over the lake.

My first trip to the province was last month to cover the Elephant Festival and while there I ventured out to see some more sights in the area.
I found out an interesting place through a Facebook post called “Ang Nam Tien” (Nam Tien Lake) which is well-known to local people.
Most people like to go there on the weekend and spend all day with family and friends having some tasty food, drinking and relaxing in a hut by the water’s edge.
We arrived there late afternoon on a Saturday which is the perfect time to soak in the great view.
There are a few restaurants which have installed huts on the reservoir and we decided for the last one named Heuan Phair Nam Tien View as it’s the newest.
We were lucky enough to get a well-located hut with a great view of the lake and see the local people on boats travelling to another village across the water.
We were suggested to order local food such as fresh fish soup made with the catch from the lake and other specialities popular among the resident population.
The lake is quite large and 30 percent is covered by water plants adding to the already green surrounds.
It’s amazing as the sun sets on the horizon. We admire the view from our hut with the sky taking on various red hues and water plants sway a bob as a local powerboat passes by.
The beautiful sunset prompts everyone to take out their smartphones and cameras to record the amazing spectacle.
Apparently, there is a Buddha footprint a few minutes away from the lake but we couldn’t locate it in time as the evening closed in. Nevertheless, the lake is the gateway to the acclaimed Elephant Conservation Centre where most visitors go on a trip to Xayaboury.
There you will witness the centre’s very commendable conservation efforts and become acquainted with the elephants as they feed, bathe, and raise their young alongside the peaceful surrounds of Nam Tien Lake.
Heuan Phair Nam Tien View restaurant will begin boat trips to these two sites next month and visitors will also be able to take in the languid lake lifestyle of locals as they go about raising free-range chickens, growing organic vegetables and catching fish in the tranquil water.
Nam Tien Lake is located about five kilometres south of the provincial town and close to the Xayaboury golf course.

By Patithin Phetmeuangphuan
(Latest Update March 27, 2019)

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