Highlight Of Southern Laos, 5 days

Highlight Of Southern Laos

What to see: Laos

Khong Island, Saravane, Pakse

FINISHPakse, Laos

Tour Overview

Explore the charm of southern Laos with this intrepid five day trip through the beautiful Mekong archipelago.

This trip will begin in the former royal capital of Champasak where we will take in the Wat Phou Temple hillside complex and museum, enjoying spectacular views over the valley. In Don Khong, we will enjoy a gentle bike ride through the beautiful, quiet countryside to Wat Chom Thong pagoda. We will cruise in a traditional boat down the Mekong river, strolling through Ban Khone village, past the abandoned French colonial railway. We will explore the spectacular Liphi, Khon Phapheng and Tadlo Waterfalls during the tour, with opportunities for trekking and swimming. We will visit a coffee plantation and meet local people from small hill-tribe communities. 

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Experience the peace and beauty of rural Southern Laos, taking in stunning scenery and landscapes

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most our of your time in the archipelago

+ Travel by traditional boat and bicycle around the region, to see nature at its best

+ Take in three stunning waterfalls, including an adventurous trek to Tad Suong Waterfall

+ Explore charming, sleepy villages and meet friendly people from small hill-tribe ethnic communities, learning about their customs, traditions and way of life

+ Visit temples and pagoda in the area, learning about the Buddhist culture in Laos

+ Visit a coffee plantation, learning about the process of making this local drink

+ See the Boloven Plateau with its distinctive contrast of lush vegetation and vibrant red soil.

+ Trek along the river , pass some rustic village and explore the beauty of Tadlo waterfall

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Pakse – Wat Phou - Khong Island

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to Wat Phou. Visit  Wat Phou Museum and Wat Phou Temple. Head towards Khong island.  hotel. Check in hotel and have free time to explore the town at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

On arrival at Pakse  Airport, you are greeted by our guide and  driven to the former royal capital of Champasak, a gateway to  the pre-angkorian Wat Phou Temple. The good introduction of this sacred sight is a collection of recovered objects, architectural elements and sculptures, displayed  at the Wat Phou Museum. We pay a quick look at this museum before exploring the temple complex. This hillside temple has a unique structure with  the elements leading to a shrine  where a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The original structure dates back to the fifth century but is deteriorated in turbulent history of Laos; however, it is still fascinating to stroll  among the ruins.  We follow a walkway from  the lower to the upper section and pass various forms, including Vishnu, Shiva and Kala. The upper ground of Wat Phou Temple  also affords a spectacular view of the surrounding valley, rustic villages and winding river. We leave Wat Phou for Don Khong, the largest island out of Don Det and Don Khone. The lush island of Don Khong does not have the waterfal, cheap bungalows or river bars of its counterparts, but it offers real Lao life paired with a languid pace and sensational river views. The major pastime in Don Khong  is cycling or motorbiking to explore the rual landscape and the local life closeup..  We check in our hotel and may have time to enjoy a bike ride through the beautiful countryside to the  Wat Chom Thong. This attractive pagoda features the combination of Lao and Khmer architecture.

Day 2

Khong Island – Don Deth – Don Khone – Khon Phapheng Waterfalls

Enjoy boat trip along Mekong River to four thousand islands. Pass by Don Det and Don Som before arriving at Don Khone. Stroll around  this lush island with some French relics and ride bike to Liphi Waterfalls. Continue cruising and drive to see Khon Phapheng Waterfalls.

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Khong Island – Boloven Plateau - Tadlo Waterfalls

Leave Khong Island and drtive to Boloven Plateau. Visit coffee plantation and taste local coffee made by farmers. Drive to explore Tadlo Waterfalls and some hill tribe villages.

OVERNIGHT: Saravane MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Tadlo Waterfalls Trekking – Pakse

Start trekking to explore three waterfalls in Tadlo area and visit Katu and Ta Oi minority people.  Explore their culture and mountain landscape before driving back to Pakse.

OVERNIGHT: Pakse MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Pakse – Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to  airport for departure

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

4 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

4 breakfast (B)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Vientiane  with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to/from Pakse , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Laos and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

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Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Laos, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  Laos without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Laos.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Laos , visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes or 500 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;  2 liters of alcohol or wine or 5 liters of beer;  1 item of perfume or eau de toilette; personal effects.

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 2,000.- (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.

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