Pakse Discovery

Pakse Discovery

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Pakse
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Pakse
Pakse

Highlights

  • Visit Wat Phu Ruins – A world heritage site.
  • Experience the stay on tree house.
  • Visit majestic waterfall of Khone Phapheng and 4000 islands area.
  • Visit local villages and temples.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4
Transportation

It’s time to explore breathtaking landscapes, ancient temples, relaxing islands, and coffee plantations. There is something for every traveler in Southern Laos. Just prepare for challenge of walking over canopy forest or trekking to waterfall or flying across the sky with unbelievable jungle zipline. Get an ingisght of rural backwater life of Siphandone. It’s journey of a lifetime.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Pakse Arrival.

    Arrive in Pakse, the gateway to southern Laos, check in hotel and take some time to 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.

  2. Day 2: Pakse – Brief City Tour – Wat Phou Ruins.

    Start a day by visiting the bustling market of Dao Heuang, a huge morning market selling home goods and food located near the Lao-Japanese bridge in Pakse. The largest market in southern Laos, you’ll find stand upon stand of meats, fresh flowers and vegetables. We head to Vat Tsin, a small but serene Chinese Temple with two-storey building houses, a rich collection of Chinese Buddhist artifacts, giving you a detailed history of the Chinese influence in Pakse and Southern Laos. Take the time to enjoy a visit to Vat Luang, the largest and most significant temple in Pakse. It sits prominently on the banks of the Sedone near the main bridge, with wonderful views across the river. The temple was built in 1935 and is a beautiful place to wander through. Admire the building walls ornately decorated with intricate murals and a golden Buddha. It is also home to a Sangha school (Buddhist monks’ school) with courses in English, business and cultural studies.
    After lunch, we drive about 45 minutes to Wat Phou Ruins, an impressive Khmer temple even older than its cousin Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The unique layout of Khmer architecture gained it the UNESCO World Heritage label in 2001. According to historians, Vat Phou is a good example of landscape planning and engineering which reflects the religious beliefs and economic approaches of both ancient Khmer architecture and the Hindu religion. On the way back to centre, we stop at Phou Salao view point to admire sunset over quaint town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  3. Day 3: Pakse – Tree House.

    We arrive at Ban Nongluang after 1 hour drive from Pakse, stroll for a while through the village and chat with the people. The village guides who will accompany 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 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.

  4. 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 about 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, Lunch and Dinner.
    Accommodation: Tree house.

  5. Day 5: Trekking – Drive to Pakse.

    It's a day of more challenges, but also a day of saying 'goodbye'! After breakfast, we slowly trek uphill, passing a section of forest where gigantic trees dominate, obviously not yet spotted by illegal loggers.
    Then it gets a bit tough and jaw-dropping when the trail suddenly "ends" at a steep rock wall, only passable on a 'via ferrata', where iron U-bolts are glued into the rock. There's no way of getting around but to overcome this obstacle in order to get to the other side. Don't worry, it's all safe and you are secured by state-of-the-art safety gear. It's not really long either, just thrilling.
    Upon reaching the top of the mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area, an open plateau rewards everyone for all the 'hardship' – and for a last time – with stunning views of three waterfalls and vistas over the Mekong deep into neighboring Thailand. We'll take our lunch here before an easy 1½ hour hike back to Ban Nongluang, where a car is waiting to bring us to Pakse.
    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  6. Day 6: Pakse – 4000 Islands Surrounding – Don Khong.

    After breakfast we driver further to the South (about 4 hours) for a short 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.
    At Ban Nakasang pier we take a short boat trip to 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 (Liphi Waterfall). 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. Stay overnight at Don Khong.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Don Khong.

  7. Day 7: Don Khong – Oum Mong Temple – Tomo Village – Ban Nong Bueng Village – Pakse.

    Watching mighty Mekong river while having breakfast. We back to Pakse, on the way sto to visit 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. And 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.

  8. Day 8: Pakse Departure.

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

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    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

    3. Transport

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      Private transportation with A/C.

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