pakse-Exploration-8days

The most famous and attractive in Southern of Laos is thousands of Island and Hill Tribe minority. You will also explore the heritage of an ancient Wat Phou Temple and relaxing on Mekong River…

Start city: Pakse

End city: Pakse

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Pakse – Don Daeng – Khong Island – Pakse

- Extendable with optional tours from Pakse

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Tour Brief

Day 1: Pakse Arrival
Day 2: Pakse city tour
Day 3: Pakse - Tree House
Day 4: Trekking - Red Rock Steam - Tree House
Day 5: Trekking – drive to Don Deang
Day 6: Don Deang - Wat Phou - Oum Mong - Tomo village - Don Khong
Day 7: 4000 island surrounding - Ban Nong Bueng wood carving village - Pakse
Day 8: Pakse departue

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

GROUP SIZE PRICE/Person
6 Persons $893 Reservation
4 Persons $1,027 Reservation
2 Persons $1,060 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private Tour
  • Highlights of Laos

ITINERARY

Day 1: Pakse Arrival
Arrive in Pakse, the gateway to southern Laos, check in hotel and take some time and explore the hidden treasures of Pakse. If you wander around a little, you’ll soon discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven Coffee or Lao tea while watching people and life go by.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

Day 2: Pakse city tour
After breakfast we enjoy a trip around this quaint town, starting with Vat Luang on the Xe Don riverbank near its confluence with the Mekong. Constructed in 1935, the temple features ornate décor, intricate murals, and a golden Buddha. Arrive at sunrise to witness Buddhist monks collecting alms. Next is the secluded Vat Sop Se Chinese Temple, which presents a rich collection of Chinese Buddhist artefacts with a detailed history of Chinese influence in Pakse. Leave temple for Dao Heuang Market, the largest in southern Laos, for a real local experience. You will find everything you need, as well as many other exotic and not so familiar products.
After lunch we head to the North to visit Ban Don Khor, located at the entrance to Vat Chompet, with its impressive 30-metre high Buddha, here you can observe stone carvers making traditional Buddha images. Our next stop is Weaving village of Ban Saphai, on the banks of the Mekong and the island just a short boat ride from the mainland, are known for their silk weaving and textiles. You can see women weaving in the craft center or, on Don Kho, in the shade of their wooden houses. Before going back to Pakse we take a visit to Phou Salao to capture the best view from the big golden Buddha watching over Pakse and the Mekong River. Back to Pakse and relax.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

Day 3: Pakse - Tree House
We arrive at Ban Nongluang after an hour drive from Pakse, stroll for a while through the village and chat with the people. The village guides who will accompany us for the next three days give important first safety instructions. We then hike through coffee plantations and vegetable gardens until wild semi-evergreen forest gradually takes over. The trail winds down for a while, sometimes quite steeply, passing ravines, beautiful waterfalls and flower-studded plateaus. Along the way, the guides explain the plants traditionally used in the village kitchen or as herbal medicine.
A breath-taking canopy walkway high in the trees and crossing a steep river valley is a first challenge. We pass the huge Tiger waterfall and reach the giant Kamet fall (name of a monkey), where the water plunges more than 100 m down into a relatively narrow, densely forested valley basin with waterfalls apparently everywhere. Here is where the zip-lines start and the real thrill takes its course. Brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime!
We take our lunch in the wilderness, explore the forest secrets of the area and may take a cooling swim before mastering the unbelievable zip-lines. The cables crisscross the valley in front of the majestic water wall, stunningly high and us perfectly cooled by the spray of the water. Enjoy the sensation of being weightless and truly one with nature. Let your adrenaline rush come to a maximum.
After a day of great activity, we finally settle for the night in the wonderful camp with restaurant nearby. For dinner, local food and absolutely delicious barbecues are on the menu. Chatting and recollecting the gorgeous experiences of the day, or just relaxing and dreaming under the stars about the incredible wonders of life, we finally retire into our own tree house almost 10 m above ground. These houses designed in traditional style, made of wood, bamboo, and grass, can only be reached by a zip-line. Bathrooms near the restaurant offer hot and cold water. An instant cozy sleep shrouded by the fiddling sound of the forest crickets is guaranteed.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tree house

Day 4: Trekking - Red Rock Steam - Tree House
We wake up amidst the warbling, piping, chirping, twittering of the innumerable birds in the dense canopy around us. A simple European-style breakfast prepares us for an easy 30-minute trek through great forest before reaching the first cable. Be ready for extended flights through the jungle with the longest zip-line of 400 m as a real highlight. Its speed, its felt infinity, the proximity to the usually invisible upper stratum of the forest is an amazing and unforgettable experience.
A picnic lunch is served in the best of nature. We return to the camp in the later afternoon by passing the 'Red Rock' stream, where we will have time for some rest and swimming before falling asleep in our tree house for another night.
Meals: Breakfast, Pinic lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tree house

Day 5: Trekking – drive to Don Deang
After breakfast, we slowly trek uphill, then it gets a bit tough and jaw-dropping when the trail suddenly end at a steep rock wall, The trail ends at a steep rock wall that is only by climbed using a steel cable attached to the rock with iron bolts.
After reaching the summit, one of the highest peaks you are rewarded with a stunning vista of forests and water falls. On clear days you can even see into neighboring Thailand. After a mountain-top lunch, hike for about 90 minutes on an easy trail to Ban Nongluang. A car will be waiting to drive you to beautiful island of Don Deang for relax and enjoy laid-back atmosphere.
Meals: Breakfast and Picnic lunch
Accommodation: Tree house

Day 6: Don Deang - Wat Phou - Oum Mong - Tomo village - Don Khong
Today we head further to the south, on the way visit the unique templet of Khmer of Wat Phou which gained the UNESCO World Heritage reward in 2001. Next is the visit of Oum Muong, a small temple built in the 9th century in dedication to Rudani, a consort of Shiva. The Oum Muong ruins are a short walk through the jungle from Tomo, a small village on the east bank of the Mekong River. Arrive in Don Khong and free at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Don Khong

Day 7: 4000 island surrounding - Ban Nong Bueng wood carving village - Pakse
We enjoy a cruise venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River from where thousands of islands jut out in dry season, giving this area a lovely name 'Si Phan Don' (Four Thousand Islands). Along the way, we’ll stop at the Liphi waterfalls and the fisherman village of Ban Khone. As the legend goes, the name Lii Phii was given to the area due to the fact that it was considered to be a giant fish trap (Lii) not only for fish, but also for ghosts and dead people (Phii). On return, we take a short drive to the Lao-Cambodia border at Weukham and the sight of Khone Phapheng, considered as the jewel or the pearl of the Mekong, as it is Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall. On the way back to Pakse we stop to visit Ban Nong Bueng woodcarving village. The traditional wood carving techniques used here originate from the Ta Oy ethnic group that used to live in the highlands of Southern Laos. Their products are all handmade, you are more than welcome to visit the village and meet the artisans while they work. Feel free to look at the wood carvings and you may want to buy some souvenirs!
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

Day 8: Pakse departue
Have breakfast at the hotel then we drive to the airport for departure flight.
Meal: Breakfast.

Have a good journey & See you again!

TRAVEL MAPS

Pakse Exploration - 8 days map

FAQs

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • International flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laos Visa (more at www.laostravel.com/visa)
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Vietnam Tour can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
Call us on +84384 823 345 to speak to one of our experts.

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