Discover the home of the children of Chao Poo

BEFORE YOU ENTER THE FOREST, KNOW ITS STORY...

Don Chao Poo Forest, home to over a thousand long-tailed macaque monkeys, is named as the home of the Guardian Spirit of Phana. Don Chao Poo translates roughly as ‘the place of the spirit grandfather or ancestor’. The word ‘Chao’ can also mean Lord or Prince, so ‘Chao Poo’ suggests a very high level of respect or reverence. Chao Poo is thought of as one of the founders of Phana more than 300 years ago. The forest is close to the site of the first settlement.

 

The ancestors of Phana left Vientiane at a time of social and political upheaval and moved down to Champassak in southern Laos, a long journey that included a stay of about three years near Nakhon Phanom where they repaired the famous ‘That Phanom’. Later, a small group moved across the Mekhong River and settled in Phana.

Nowadays, people come to Don Chao Poo to pay respect to Chao Poo and one way of doing that is to offer food for the monkeys that live in the forest under his protection – “the children of Chao Poo”.

...AND ITS RULES.

The Biodiversity of the forest

 

Our forest includes many big trees and shrubs that wisemen have used for centuries for traditional medicine

Indochinese Ground Squirrel
Indochinese Ground Squirrel

Indochinese Ground Squirrels can be seen in the forest but they won't let you get close to them.

Thai fungi
Thai fungi

Our forest includes many big trees and shrubs that wisemen have used for centuries for traditional medicine

I'm a wild animal stay 1 meter away
I'm a wild animal stay 1 meter away

It will make me more comfortable if you keep your distance.

Don't stare at us!
Don't stare at us!

We will take this as a sign of agression and we might attack

Don't walk between us
Don't walk between us

We don't like to be separated from our friends

Don't run & shout
Don't run & shout

We are easily frightened by loud noises.

Don't touch us!
Don't touch us!

We are wild animals and my big brothers might think you want to kidnap me and attack you!

Pick up your litter
Pick up your litter

If you brought plastic in the forest, please use the many litter bins at your disposal.

Feed us small pieces of food
Feed us small pieces of food

We woud all like to enjoy your offerings to Chao Poo