Extraordinary tour to one of the country’s most remote and scenic areas. The lour leads inside the 4,000 island archipelago on the Mekong River and includes visits to South East Asia’s most fascinating waterfalls, local ancient temple complexes and colonial villages.
After arrival at Pakse pick up at the airport or city and drive to the Bolaven Plateau in the east. This region is placed high up on the Mekong Valley and has cooler temperatures. Stop at the Houey Ten village, well known for its knife makings. Afterwards visit one of the many tea plantations and the picturesque Tad Fan Waterfall. A bit further you will inspect a coffe plantation, followed by the colorful hill tribe market at Tha Teng. On the way to our final destination are a few interesting minority villages. First is an Alak village, named Ban Bong Neua, with a sacrificial altar, then the Katu village of Ban Kokphung. Here the locals keep the coffins from their deceased relatives under their houses. Before check in at the resort in Tadlo, you can rest at the lovely Tadlo Waterfall.
Following breakfast drive down the plateau and visit the Wat Phou temple, one of the outstanding highlight of Laos. The Khmer temple, built in the 5th century, predates the world famous structures at Angkor in Cambodia. Continue to the 4,000 Islands archipelago on the Mekong River to your destination Don Khong. This is the largest island in the area, known as ‘Siphandon’ and literally translated as 4,000 Islands. It is a fantastic place to check out the local rural life and to relax. Check in at the hotel for overnight.
After breakfast short transfer to the river pier and boat tour around the 4,000 Islands. 1st stop is at the beautiful Don Khone Island. Easy bicycle ride along the old French built railway, passing old Colonial buildings, then stop at the picturesque Liphi Waterfall. After back to the boat with short drive to the mainland. You visit the most powerful and one of the largest waterfalls in whole Southeast Asia, the Khone Phapheng Falls. Below the falls you board another vessel and head to a special place where fresh water dolphins are living. With a bit of luck you can catch a glimpse of these fascinating animals. Afterwards return by car to Pakse, arriving early evening at the hotel in the city for check in.
After breakfast spend the remaining hours till the transfer to the airport at your own leisure.
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|Khong Island||Pon Arena||Mekong Suite||1|
|Tadlo||Tad Lo Lodge||Standard Room||1|
|Pakse||Athena Hotel||Standard Room||1|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program.
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Domestic flights as per itinerary
Laos entry visa
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.