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Exploring Southern Laos Tour

Country: Laos
City: Southern Laos
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Southern Laos is a real treat; pass through beautiful countryside, tea and coffee plantations and magnificent waterfalls, following the route along the banks of Mekong along quiet roads and island hop through the 4000 Islands for a trip you won’t forget!

Day 1: Arriva Pakse Airport – Champasak – Wat Phou – Don Deng
On arrival into Pakse airport transfer directly to the pier for a boat trip along the Mekong River from Pakse to the charming colonial town of Champasak. On arrival into Champasak it’s a short 11km transfer by road to the UNESCO World heritage site of Wat Phou. Wat Phou dates back to the 6th Century and was the first temple to be built by the Khmer Empire. Wat Phu was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom before their capital was moved to Angkor. It was originally built as a Hindu temple before being converted into a Buddhist temple in later centuries. After returning to the town of Champasak cross over to our eco-friendly hotel on Don Daeng Island, you’ll have time to enjoy the pool, go for a walk on the beach or just relax. In the evening enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony and dinner at the Community Eco Home Stay with the local family
Accommodation: La Folie Lodge (Superior Room)

Day 2: Don Deng – Oum Mong – Ban Kiet Ngong – Don Khong
After breakfast cross over the Mekong back to the mainland at Ban Muang. Drive to the ancient Khmer temples of Huei Tomo and see rural life here as well as a mysterious hidden forest temple called ‘Oum Muong’. Continue south to the town of Ban Kiat Ngong, located in the XePian National Protected Area, where you will have lunch.

After lunch we take a 1-hour walk (~3 km) to the top of the Phu Asa to see the temple mount. From the top of Phu Asa you will see the ancient temple ruins and the amazing views of the XePian Wetlands below. The walk down takes about 45 minutes. After exploring Phou Asa, we transfer to the 4,000 Islands the main island of Don Khong, where we spend overnight
Accommodation: Pon Arena Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 3: Don Khong – Don Khone
After breakfast we can either drive around Don Khong or cycle to visit the locals making palm sugar as well as a local temple before taking a boat ride through the 4000 Islands. Pass Don Som and Don Det and the old railway which starts at Don Det and continues over the French railway bridge to Don Khone and all the way to Han Khone overlooking Cambodia. The idea was to have a trade route along the Mekong so the Railway line was built to bypass the waterfalls created by the Mekong fault line. Stop at Don Khone where you will spend the night in a bungalow overlooking the Mekong and the Old French Bridge. (Cycling Distance 18 km)

After checking into your Bungalow continue to visit the waterfall by bicycle or by Tuk Tuk, before heading to the southern tip of Don Khone known as Hang Khone. Take a boat ride to see the Irrawaddy dolphins before returning to your bungalow.
Accommodation: Seng Ahloune Resort (Standard River View Room)

Day 4: Don Khone – Bolaven – Tad Lo Waterfall
After breakfast cross to the mainland which is known as Ban Nakasang, and continue south to the Mekong's largest waterfall, Khon Phapheng. This is part of the Mekong fault line which stretches across the entire Mekong River and has been formed by the river eroding the softer rock downstream. Then head north to the Bolaven Plateau, the road climbs in elevation as you ascend onto the Plateau. The area of Volcanic Rock makes for suburb tea and coffee plantations which thrive on the rich soil and the cooler climate. Visit tea and coffee plantations and learn about their processing before carrying on to Tad Fane Waterfall. Tad Fane waterfall sits at an elevation of 1100m and has two stunning cascades dropping 120m off the edge of the plateau. A further 2km from Tad Fane is Tad Yuang waterfall which is a lovely view point, it is also possible to walk down to the waterfall and even take a dip!

Continuing north along the Plateau drive past Paksong and into Salavan Province Continuing north along the Plateau drive past Paksong and into Salavan Province, your next stop is the village of KokPung Thai here you can learn about this ethnic group and their traditions of building their coffins before they die. Continue north to Tad Lo arriving late afternoon. Spend the rest of the by the waterfall and at leisure enjoying the tranquility of the area (~3 – 4 hours by road 265 km)
Accommodation: Tad Lo Lodge (Standard Room)

Day 5: Tad Lo – Phasuam Waterfall – Pakse
Wake up to see the elephants bathing in the cool waterfall, after the breakfast at 8:30am the local guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take a short walk along a stream to a Katu Ethnic Village where you can experience and see first-hand their culture and traditions. (~4 – 5 hours trekking 10 km)

Returning back to the lodge, continue on a circuit of the Bolaven plateau, stopping first at the village of Lao Ngam, home of the Katu people. This village has a strong tradition of silk weaving, and there are many beautiful garments on display and for sale by the local villagers. It's now time to head back to Pakse but not before seeing one last waterfall. Tad Paxuam a distinctive circular shaped waterfall flowing into a deep pool that is featured on many postcards of Laos, after waterfall transfer to Pakse. On arrival into Pakse visit Wat Phou Salao (Golden Buddha) for sunset and enjoy some great views of Pakse before transferring to your hotel.
Accommodation: Athena Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 6: Pakse – Departure
After breakfast, you are free at leisure until transfer to the airport or your onward destination.

Price Includes:
Accommodation by sharing Twin / Double Room
English Speaking Guide
All Entrance Fees
Transport Vehicle
Government Tax
Boat Trip / Boat Ticket
Drinking Water
Meals Breakfast only

Price Excludes:
Visas / Border Fees
Personal Expenses
All Flight Tickets
Travel Insurances
Drink / Alcohol
Lunch, Dinner

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