Bolaven Plateau located in ancient volcano erupted millions years ago. It spans 50 km of Southern Laos most vegetated area. From an alititude of 800 and 1350 meters (Paksong area) it is green all year round and cooler than the rest of Laos and Thailand. Surrounding the plateau there are a number of protected national parks, dramatic waterfalls, remote hill tribes, dense jungle and a taste of some of the world's best coffee beans.
- Trip Description:
Start from: Pakse
End in: Pakse
Travel route: Pakse – Tad Lo – Wat Phou – Khong Island - Ban Khone – Khone Phapheng – Don Daeng Island - Pakse
Duration: 6 days 5 nights
Private Tour. Departure: daily upon your request
RATE: Our rate is quoted in US dollars per person based on Twin/Dbl occupancy. Applied for the private tour
Rate 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Single Supp' Book This Trip Land Tour 845 691 588 212 Flight/pp Total 845 691 588 212
Included: Excluded: Accommodation in twin/dbl room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
Speaking local guide
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Water and cold towel for daily tour
Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals other than mentioned
Domestic or International flight
Note: airfare and schedule subject to change without notice from the airline.
Visa fee for Laos (visa on arrival: 30USD/pax in cash + 1 photo, valid 30 days) Extension visa 4 USD/day/Pax
Attention: Visa on arrival pay more 1 USD/Pax every Saturday and Sunday
Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
Insurance for travel, theft, luggage damages
Others not mentioned nor specified above not to be included in the tour prices.
- Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1 – Pakse - Bolaven Plateau – Tad Lo
An excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau, which was formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practising Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies.
The first stop is at the Phaseum Resort. Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal vernacular architectures and life of the Southern Laos tribes. Continue to Tadlo, on the Northern edge of the Bolaven Plateau. Tadlo is touted as an eco-friendly resort near the Xeset waterfall. After lunch at the resort, continue to visit Alack and Nge tribal villages. Drive back to Pakse, via Paksong with stops to visit the impressive Tad Fane Waterfalls and a tea & coffee plantation. Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 2 – Pakse – Wat Phou – Khong Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Arrival at Pakse airport and transfer to the boat pier. Board a traditional local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River, heading south towards the former royal capital of Champassak and continue by car to the pre-Angkorian Vat Phu Temple (6th-13th centuries). Vat Phu Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and on the Mekong River.
UNESCO listed Vat Phou Temple as a World Heritage site in 2002. Hindu Khmer probably chose the site because of the spring that flows from near the top of the hill. Historians say that Phu Pasak was in fact sacred to the pre-Angkorian Kingdom of Chenla (6th century) and may have been the site of human sacrifices. The temple is divided in two parts. The lower part consists of two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, which was used for ritual ablutions. The upper section, the temple sanctuary itself, once enclosed a large Shiva phallus (linga). It was later converted into a Buddhist temple but much of the original Hindu sculpture remains. The lintels feature various forms of Vishnu and Shiva as well as Kala, the Hindu god of time and death. The naga stairway is lined with plumeria (Dokchampa), the Lao national flower. Lunch on your own at local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Ban Hatsaykhoune and take a ferry to cross the Mekong River towards Khong Island, located in the scenic Siphandone region (Four Thousand Islands). Khong Island, with its lovely fishing villages, its serene monasteries and its lush vegetation offers a unique opportunity to experience the peaceful Lao way of life. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 3 – Khong Island – Ban Khone – Khone Phapheng – Khong Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the East Sea (Bien Dong); when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets. Visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia.
Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall. Return to Ban Khone. Board a local long – tail river boat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch. In the afternoon, continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock. Lunch on your own at local.
Continue to Veumkham and take a local boat for 20 minutes upsteam to the area of Dolphins for watching this fresh water fish (this part of the trip is only posisble from October to May). Return to Khong Island. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 4 – Khong Island – Don Daeng Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Before leaving the island, visit Vat Hangkhong, considered as the oldest temple on the island, Ban Huay village and continue to Muang Sene to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River. Transfer by car and boat to Don Daeng. Overnight at La Folie Lodge on Don Daeng.
Day 5 – Don Daeng Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the full day at this beautiful resort. You may take bikes and discover the island or enjoy the tranquility at the pool, overlooking mighty Mekong River.
Day 6 – Don Daeng – Pakse Departure
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer by boat and car to Pakse. If time permits, visits in Pakse before transferring to the airport for your flight for your next destination.
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