Adventure travel is considerably enlightened with a good interpretation of landscapes and biodiversity. The Pha Tad Ke Garden offers you a great opportunity to discover the richness and mysteries of Local Flora that will help you understand better the landscapes you’re hiking or biking through.
The Pha Tad Ke garden (over 60,000 sqm) shows the Flora of Laos, a verdant oasis of gingers, orchids, ferns, bamboos, and palms clustered around the base of the stunning rocky Pha Tad Ke cliff looming over the Mekong River.
The centrepiece of Pha Tad Ke is a series of ethno-botanic gardens. Focusing on the relationship between Lao people and their plants, these gardens showcase plants used in medicine, handicraft, spiritual ceremonies as well as medicinal plants for elephants. The potential of this collection, much of which is yet unstudied, is immense. Although the traditional knowledge of the ethnic minorities about the plants in rural Laos is extensive, it is passed down orally, making it vulnerable to the pressures of development and very much in need of conservation and further in-depth study.
On May 21st & May 22nd on the international Day of Biodiversity the Garden organises an event with free entrance so you can start your discovery.See here for more information.
If you miss this event you’ll have many other options to go there any time with a range of one hour workshops as described below. PTK Garden also offers special tours accompanied by a botanist.
Since very early times, plants have helped humans in maintaining their health. Join this workshop for an insight on the traditional healing systems of the different ethnic groups, especially the practices of the Hmong. Learn about the many plants used in Laos to treat all kinds of illnesses and ailments.
Traditional Lao Bouquet Making/Baci
Lao people use flowers in many different ceremonies and they all have their own symbolic meanings. Learn more about this rich heritage and create a small bouquet with banana leaves and local flowers.
Lao people rely on forest foods for a large part of their diet. On this enjoyable walk with one of our local experts you will learn about several fruits and herbs found at PTK. And who knows, you might even be lucky enough to have a taste !