Southern Laos Explorer

south2Enjoy the best of Southern Laos on this 5 day adventure. Start by ascending to the highest point in the country then visit ethnic minority villages, explore the UNESCO site of  Wat Phou, marvel at ancient temples, cool off at spectacular waterfalls and catch a glimpse of the elusive fresh water dolphins, truly a once in a lifetime experience. With options to depart to Thailand or Cambodia.

 

Day 1. Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Tad Lor.

 

We depart from Pakse and drive upwards passing local tea and coffee plantations on the Bolaven Plateau which is the homeland of Mon-Khmer minority ethnic group. We visit the amazing Tad fan which is the highest point in Laos, and Tad Nngoung waterfall. We then continue driving to visit a local market at Paksong and we make our way to visit ethnic minorities before approaching Tad Lor, where we stay overnight in a lodge near the waterfall.

 

Day2. Tad Lor – Tad Phaseum – Wat Phou – Champasak.

 

After breakfast, we transfer to a weaving village (Ban Houy Hoon), we then continue to visit Tad Phaseum before continuing on to UNESCO’s world heritage site of Wat Phou.Wat Phou was initially associated with the city of Shrestapura, which lays on bank of the Mekong directly east of mount Lingaparavata (at the moment called Phu Kao), finally we return to Champasak to stay overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 3. Champasak – Ban Kait Ngong – Ban Hatxaykhone – Don Kon.

 

Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Champasak with our private minivan and head to Ban Kait Ngong which is an ancient grassy wetland where massive elephants use to feed, we then move over to Phou Asa, in the area there is a temple that was built by local village volunteers, once a year the people gather to worship at the temple. After that we cruise to Don Khon, where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

 

Day 4. Don Det – Don Khon.

 

After enjoying breakfast, today we have an excursion of cycling around the island to visit the old French colonial bridge, then we move on to Liphi waterfall, here we have an opportunity to see one of the world’s rarest mammal species “The Irrawaddy Dolphins” before returning to Don Khon where we stay overnight.

 

Day 5. Don Khon – Khonephapeng waterfall – Pakse or Cambodia border (Veun Kham).

 

After breakfast, we take a long tail boat to Ban Nakasang which is located on the other side of the Mekong river where we meet our minivan to transfer us for around 20 minutes to the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia (Khonephapeng). We then return to Pakse.

 

Option: drop off at Veun Kham (Cambodia/Laos border) or drop off at Vung Tao (Thailand/Laos border) can be arranged.