Southern Laos in depth
- Visit Wat Phou Ruins – A world Heritage site.
- Visit majestic waterfall of Khone Phapheng and 4000 islands area.
- Having elephant tour to take care for elephants.
- Age range
- 3 / 4 / 5
Southern Laos is the land for who love a slow life. People here very much enjoy there live with no hurry. Travel to Southern Laos, you will not only visit the historical site but also discover beauty of nature and local life style.
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Day 1: Pakse Arrival – Wat Phou Ruins.
Welcome to Laos!
Upon arrival Pakse airport, you will be picked up for your very first visit to Wat Phou ruins. Until the 1860s, Champasak was the major town of southern Laos, however French-built Pakse eventually replaced it as the area's commercial hub. Nearby Wat Phou, a UNESCO World Heritage temple is all that remains of one of Southeast Asia's most mysterious and least understood kingdoms. The Hindu-influenced Wat Phou ruins is the finest example of Khmer temple ruins outside Cambodia, and little has changed since French explorers first visited the site in the late 1800s. This site was once the nexus of the Khmer Kingdom which spanned over much of present-day Southeast Asia.
Late, transfer to hotel in Pakse for overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.
Day 2: Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Khong Island.
Depart for the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations. Your first stop is at Tad Lo Waterfalls, a beautiful formation of three separate falls. From the bridge you will first see Tad Hang and then Tad Lo in the distance. The most impressive of the three, Tad Suong, is located a further 10km upriver. After exploring the falls and their surroundings continue through the Plateau.
This afternoon, continue to Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Tad Fane is a set of twin 120-meter high waterfalls formed by the merging waters of the Champy and Pak Koot rivers. These impressive falls are situated on the edge of Dong Hua Sao protected area, 38 km from Paksé. (Note: water level may vary accordingly to the previous rainy season).
We will stop to visit a tea and/or a coffee plantation. Laos is known for its famous coffee, the majority of which is grown here on the Bolaven Plateau. A visit to one of the plantations will show you the process of planting, harvesting and roasting these delicious beans.
Transfer to Done Khong in late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Khong island.
Day 3: 4000 Islands Surrounding – Ban Kiet Ngong.
After enjoy the breakfast, you will transfer to boat pier then take the boat to Done Khone. From here, take motorised tuk tuk to see the remains of the sole railway built by the French during their time as colonial occupiers, followed by vibrant Li Phi Falls. Come back to Nagasang boat pier where the car and driver will wait for you transfer to the most beautiful fall: Khonephapheng Fall - the largest fall in Southeast Asia in terms of water volume. The falls had a profound effect on the planned use of the Mekong River as a French trade conduit connecting Vietnam with China, and resulted in the construction of the bypass railway joining Khone and Det islands.
In the afternoon, transfer to Ban Kiet Ngong.
Accommodation: Local Lodge Ban Kiet Ngong.
Day 4: Ban Kiet Ngong – Elephant Ride – Pakse.
You will start in the morning from the village of Kiet Ngong and, through paddy fields and wetlands, you will be led inside the jungle that surrounds the area.
From the top of your elephant you will have a particular point of view of the dry dipterocarp forest that characterize Xe Pian protected area, you will experience the jungle environment while cicadas and birds sounds will accompany you along the way.
After two to three hours of ride (depending on trail and weather conditions), in proximity of a stream you will step down from your elephants and, after let them be free to feed in the forest, you will have your picnic lunch.
After resting and watching the elephants roaming around in search for food, you will continue your jungle safari on the way back to the village; arrival is expected between 15:00 and 16:00.
Later of this day, transfer back to Pakse.
Accommodation: hotel in Pakse.
Day 5: Pakse Departure.
This morning, transfer to Pakse airport for your departure flight.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
Daily breakfast at hotel.
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private transportation with A/C.
Local boat to Siphandon.
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Accommodations with daily breakfast.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles.
• Service of English speaking guides in every location.
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
• International flights into and out Laos.
• 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.
• Visa Stamping fee (more at www.laostravel.com/visa).