19-Day Uncover the Mysteries of Laos

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Package Code : LA-AD-LU19

Uncover the Mysteries tour brings you into some most mysterious parts of Laos. The journey from the North to the South, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of culture experience, nature exploration, and happiness within the 19-day Laos Adventure Tour
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Must see

icon UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT

  • Joining the Baci Ceremony and sharing the dinner with the host family
  • Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • The cruise along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, and southern Laos
  • Sharing the dinner and spend the night with the host family in Muang Soune
  • The cruise through the cave of Tham Konglor, one of the longest caves in Laos
  • The panoramic view from the top of Phousi Hill over the town of Luang Prabang; from the top of Wat Phou over the area
  • The evergreen nature of Kuang Si waterfalls, and Bolaven Plateau
  • The night safari with the cruise along the Nern River, tracing for the sight of rare animals
  • The scenic drive through the hidden trail during special jeep tour in Bolaven Plateau
  • Stroll around exciting 4000-island area and admire the life of local peaceful village

icon VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES

  • Gentle city visits of Vientiane and Luang Prabang
  • The scenic drive through the mountainous area of Northern Laos, and through the countryside of Southern Laos
  • The leisure cruise along the lazy Nam Ou River, Mekong River, Konglor Caves, and Thabak river
  • Soft trek to explore Kuang Si waterfalls, and the colorful villages in Bolaven Plateau
  • Cruise along the Nern River to trace for the sight of rare animal, and learn about the efforts to raise the awareness of local people about protecting nature
  • Special Jeep tour in Bolaven Plateau tracing the Coffee Trail
  • Tuk Tuk tour to explore the 4000-island area

icon NATURE EXPLORATION

  • The scenic mountainous area of northern Laos, and the countryside of southern Laos
  • The untouched nature along Nam Ou River, Mekong River, and the caves of Tham Konglor
  • The exciting Kuang Si waterfalls, and Bolaven Plateau
  • The amazing Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA
  • The amazing caves system of Center Laos
  • The unspoiled 4000-island area

icon CULTURE EXPERIENCE

  • The holy Baci Ceremony and the authentic dinner with the local family
  • Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • Having some activities in the villages, spending the night with the host family in Muang Soune
  • Visit various temple and museum in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and southern Laos to learn about the culture of Laos
  • The visit to the local villages during the tour to see the local life
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Itinerary

Luang Prabang – Kuang Si waterfalls – Pak Ou caves – Muang Soune – Nong Khiaw – Muang Hiam – Nam Nern Night Safari – Xieng Khuang Plain of Jars – Muang Khoun – Paksan – Konglor caves – Ban Thanang – Buddha caves (Tham Pafa) – Thakhek – Savannakhet – Pakse – Wat Phou – Ban Khiet Ngong – Khone Phapheng waterfalls – 4000 islands – Bolaven Plateau – Jeep Tour (Coffee Trail Experience) – Pakse

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Detailed Schedule

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Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival

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Pick-up at the airport by our guide and driver, then transfer to your hotel in town. Free for the rest of the day to relax after a long flight. The welcome dinner will be served at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song

On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.
You are free to stroll around the city for your own first impression of this ancient city before having the welcome dinner at the local restaurant with the traditional dance & folk song. This is the best chance for you to have the first experience of Laos culture to start your “19-day Laos Adventure Tour”. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls

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Explore the city of Luang Prabang in the morning including Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, and Traditional Art & Ethnology Center; then refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls in the afternoon. Late afternoon, ascend the Phousi Hill to admire the sunset. Stroll around the colorful night market to see the tribe people come to barter their goods and products.

After breakfast, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  Our next stop in the city is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We will also take a look at the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center to learn about the many Lao ethnic groups.
We then transfer to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. You have the rest of the afternoon to refresh at the waterfalls. If you wish, we also see up close Asiatic bears at the Bear Rescue Centre along the jungle walk to the waterfall.
Arriving in Luang Prabang, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Muang Soune (Homestay)

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Start the day with the visit to the local market in Luang Prabang to buy the fresh foods before driving 65Km further to the north of Luang Prabang to the local village of Muang Soune, where we will experience the daily life of a local northern village in in Laos. Along the way, stop to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves. Sharing the dinner and spend the night with the host family

After breakfast, we will join the transfer to the nearby market to buy the fresh foods before continuing further to Muang Soune, which locates 65Km from the center in the north of Luang Prabang by the bank of Nam Ou river.

Along the way, we make a short stop at Ban Pak Ou, where we will take the small motor boat crossing the Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves

Arriving in the village, you will be welcomed by the host family, before strolling around the village to see the life of local people. We then visit the house of the chief of the village, and talk with him about the living condition, the history, or anything about the village.

The lunch will then be served at the house of the host family.

In the afternoon, you can choose to either relax or to enjoy agricultural activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields (depending on the season); Traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner!); or walk around the farm and rice field.

If you wish, the dip in the Nam Ou river is very inviting and worth a try.

You may wish to join and help the host with preparing the dinner. This is the chance to learn about Lao cuisine.

Before the dinner, we will join the Baci Ceremony, held by the elders of the village. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.
During the dinner, the folk tales will be told by the host family and translated by our guide.

You may wish to stroll around the riverbank, and sense the nature, admiring the starry sky before going to bed.

Day 4: Muang Soune - Nong Khiaw

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Continue experience the life along Nam Ou river before transferring to Nong Khiaw. Free for your own exploration of this charming town or just relax and admire the gentle Nam Ou lazily passing by your resort. There is an option to hike up to the top of Phou Phadaeng view point if you wish so.

Wake up early, you never want to miss the chance to admire the sunrise over the Nam Ou river, and the nearby mountains.

After breakfast, the morning will be dedicated to the fishing by the stunning Nam Ou river, experience traditionnal fishing techniques. You will also take the boat trip exploring the surrounding areas.

We come back to the village at 11:00AM to join the transfer directly to Nong Khiaw.

We arrive in Nong Khiaw at the early afternoon, transfer to your hotel in town.

Free for the rest of the day to relax or stroll around this charming town.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

 

Recommended: Late afternoon, hike up to Nong Khiaw viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic view over the town, and the nearby area. The hike up will take more than 1.5 hours; hence, start no later than 4PM to make sure you can admire the sunset at the top

Day 5: Nong Khiaw - Muang Hiam

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Full day drive to Muang Hiam. Enjoy the scenic drive through the countryside of Laos. This is one of the least visited area of Laos, there is almost no tourist sharing the same route with you. Visit some local village along the way. Upon arrival in Muang Hiam, visit the nearby hot spring which is very famous among the local people.

Today, we will drive through the most rural and least developed part of Laos via Vieng Kham to Muang Hiam. These back roads are a perfect way to venture off the beaten track and explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive can be challenging on some parts of our journey due to poor road conditions; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience.
Arriving in Muang Hiam, we will check in the simple guesthouse to take some rest before taking a walk explore this small village.
If time permits, we can visit the nearby hot spring, which is very popular among local people. If you wish, you can take a dip to refresh like the locals.
Overnight in Muang Hiam

Day 6: Trekking to the hidden Tad Loy waterfalls

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The first day trek is quite easy for you to warm up with visiting local village, transfer by local tok tok, easy trek along the jungle trail, refreshing at the hidden waterfall of Tad Loy

Along the way, you will learn about the life of local people, their tradition and belief. You will also have some basic idea of the nature system of Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA, and some medicinal plant.

Spend the night at the basic campsite in the jungle

You can learn more about Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA HERE

Our guide with driver will meet clients at around 8:30am at their guesthouse in from Muang Hiam (Viengthong). After a 45-minute drive along a curvy road through gorgeous mountainous landscapes and through the protected area corridor you arrive at Ban Sakok, an ethnic Khmu Village, situated on the edge of the protected area core zone boundary.

The village guide, porters and cooks will be waiting to greet you at the village visitor center, which has beautiful panoramic views of the village and surrounding mountains. The guide will inform you about the itinerary of the following tour.

The trekking starts at around 9.30am, first you will be following 4kms through the village’s rice, tobacco, and cornfields learning along the way about upland rice cultivation and rural livelihoods.

At the edge of the fields and forest, enjoy a local picnic overlooking fields and the backdrop of Phou Louey Mountain. Here your guides will explain about the different management zones of the park and how local people are able to coexist with nature.

After lunch, begin trekking into the forest following a 4km path built and maintained by the village to Tad Loy Camp. The trail climbs steadily into mixed deciduous forests. Your local guide may show you medicinal plants along the way.

This first day of trekking is quite short and the elevation gain is roughly 400m. After approximately 2 hours, you will arrive at Tad Loy waterfall. Spend time relaxing at Tad Loy Waterfall, the most beautiful waterfall found in the park area before continuing to the camp.

Enjoy a traditional Khmu dinner prepared by the village cook and porters. Optional: After dinner, your guide will take you on a short (around 30min) night walk nearby the camp to see insects and other small creatures of the night.

After the walk, enjoy the campfire and the wild outback of Nam Et-Phou Louey. The guides may tell you Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife and ghosts.

Overnight in bamboo huts (two people per hut).

You can learn more about Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA HERE

Day 7: Trekking to the Nest - the hanging house

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Wake up early to enjoy the fresh air, admire the birds leaving their nests, and hear the gibbon singing flirting their lovers.

After breakfast, trek via the foothill of Phou Louey mountain across the rugged and mountainous landscape to Poung Nied and The Nests campsite.

Learning more about the nature and the wildlife of Poung Nied, the largest salt licks in the protected area

Spend the night at the hanging house, The Nest.

Wake up early and before breakfast walk up to a nearby mountain to check for photos on camera traps set there, bird watch, and possibly have the opportunity to hear the calls of the rare White-cheeked crested gibbon.

After returning back to the campsite, enjoy breakfast. Today you will trek from the foothills of Phou Louey Mountain across the rugged and mountainous landscape to Poung Nied and The Nests campsite. The trek is approximately 9km with a steep ascent to the top of Phou Phamai Mountain followed by a gradual descent down to Poung Nied Salt Lick and The Nests camp. The route traverses some unique forest and landscapes and trench remains from the war.

Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail. The village cook prepares the lunch in the morning before your departure from the Tad Loy camp.

You will arrive at The Nests camp in the mid-afternoon and will be shown to your accommodation – the hanging spherical “nest”. Enjoy free time to relax, bathe in the nearby river and enjoy the nature.

Enjoy traditional Khmu dinner prepared by the village cooking group at around 6-7pm – before it becomes dark. It’s important to take an early dinner so that the smell of food and fire is not strong when you visit the wildlife observation platform later this evening. Dinner is eaten at the camp and is not allowed at the observation tower.

After dinner, you will receive a briefing about wildlife viewing at the Poung Nied Salt Lick – one of the largest salt licks in the protected area. The guides will inform tourists about the species of animals they may see and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting.

It’s important to follow the introduced rules, such as: no talking, no eating at the salt lick observation tower and how to return to the camp in case you need to use the toilet.

We will stay at the observation tower for a few hours (depending on your curiosity and patience) until no later than 11:30 pm. Overnight sleeping on the tower is not allowed in order to reduce any negative impacts and disturbances to the wildlife.

The most common animals that you might spot include Sambar and barking deer (AKA muntjak) and various species of civets, although, if lucky, you may see also other protected animals such as bears, dhole, several species of wild cats and others.

Please wear warm clothes as it can be quite cold in the late evening/night time.

Day 8: Back to Muang Hiam

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The last day of trekking will lead you back to Muang Hiam, where you can have the soft bed and enjoy the hot spring if you wish so.

Along the way, visit another village, enjoy the tok tok transfer through the rice paddy field.

Arrive back to Muang Hiam mid-afternoon.

If you want to spend more time in the area, you can check the option of Nam Nern Night Safari in this program

Before breakfast, your guide will walk you back to the salt lick to identify different wildlife tracks. You will also spend approximately an hour in the observation platform, as morning is a great time for bird watching. After, follow the guide to check the camera traps and help change the camera trap memory cards.

Once back to the camp, enjoy breakfast and help your guide to sort photos of wildlife taken by the camera traps during the previous night. These photos will be uploaded to the website after your trip for your viewing and download.

Twelve surrounding villages involved in this project receive monetary bonuses in the form of a village development fund based on the number and type of wildlife spotted at night and captured by the camera traps. (This fee is included in your tour price.)

Your final day of trekking takes you along a 7km forest path built and maintained by the village. This trail passes through thick jungle and mixed deciduous forest. The local guide will show you medicinal plants and spot animal tracks along the way.

The trek has a couple moderate ascents before descending into agriculture fields. At the edge of the forest and fields, enjoy a picnic lunch inside farmer’s hut. From here another tok tok (a small tractor used for plowing rice paddies and convertible to a vehicle for transportation) will pick you up and take you through the village rice and corn fields for about 7km to Ban Nam Poung Village, an ethnic Khmu Village, situated on the edge of the national protected area core zone boundary.

Once in the village your village guides will bid you goodbye and you will be transferred back to Muang Hiam by private truck or van. We will be back in Muang Hiam in afternoon.

If you want to spend more time in the area, you can check the option of Nam Nern Night Safari in this program

Day 9: Muang Hiam - Xieng Khuang

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Saying goodbye to the lovely town of Muang Hiam, we continue to drive to Xieng Khuang, which hosts the mysterious Plain of Jars.

Upon arrival, explore the site no. 1, which is the largest and closest to town.

If time permits, visit the MAG Visitor Center to learn about the Indochina War

Overnight in Xieng Kuang

After breakfast, continue to drive about 3 hours to Xieng Khouang. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Xieng Khouang is a town that has been totally rebuilt after being destroyed during the secret war in Laos. The town is now located 30 km away from where it was originally. Today, Xieng Khouang, locally called “Phonsavan” is the gateway to the Plain of Jars.
After checking into your hotel, if you still have the energy, we will drive over the plains to visit the Plain of Jars site 1 which locates just 3km from the town.

Coming back to town, we visit the UXO Visitor Center, which has plenty of documentation and film about the Indochina war, and the effort MAG has done to clear the UXO problem in Laos.

Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon.

Overnight in Xieng Khuang

Day 10: Xieng Khuang - Muang Khoun - Paksan

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Follow the back road, which is newly opened some year ago, drive to Paksan. Visit Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khuang, and some local villages along the way. Spend the night in Paksan

In the morning, drive to Muang Khoun, one place in the old provincial capital that was not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is home to unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lies in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period.
After that, we will follow the southern road via Thathom, and Nam Cap to Paksan. This road is also not explored by the tourist, and you mostly see the local people.

We arrive in Paksan late afternoon. Overnight in Paksan

Day 11: Paksan - Konglor Caves

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Continue to drive to Kong Lor village, which locates inside the Phou Hin Poun NPA. Upon arrival, take the cruise through the impressive Konglor caves, one of the longest caves in Laos. Visit the authentic village at the other sides of the caves before taking the boat back to Ban Konglor to spend the night

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel at around 09:00AM, to begin the journey south along route 13. This first leg of the journey takes around 3 hours and it is interesting to have a quick stop at Wat Prabath Phonsane (‘Temple of the footprint of Buddha’).
You will then leave the highway and enter the Phou Hin Poun NPA (National Protected Area). The scenery will become much more spectacular, featuring limestone karsts, forests and rice paddies. From leaving the highway to reaching your destination will take approximately 2 hours.
On arrival in the small town of Ban Kong Lor you will check in, freshen up and then head out to explore the famous Kong Lor Caves.
You will be given life jackets and head torches before a short walk around to the main entrance of the cave. Upon entering the cave, you will board a long tail boat which will take you through the length of this spectacular cave along an underground section of the Hin Boun River – a length of 7.5km before you see daylight again!
The river flows all year and reveals vast formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which you will explore partly on foot whilst inside the cave. In places the cave is up to 90m wide and 100m high. The cave is still used by local villagers as an access route to the region beyond (it is far quicker than climbing over the mountains which this cave cuts through!).
Once out on the other side you can stop for refreshments and walk to local villages, enjoying the scenery and observing a simple way of life (discuss with your guide how far you would like to walk).
Return by boat, travelling ‘downstream’ through the cave, to Ban Kong Lor.
Overnight in Ban Kong Lor

Day 12: Kong Lor - Thabak - Ban Nam Yen - Ban Thalang

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Full day drive to the hidden village of Ban Thalang. Along the way, we will enjoy the boat ride in Ban Thabak, take a dip at Ban Nam Yen, or visit the holy Tham Mangkon (Dragon Caves). There is the option to take the boat along the river or go fishing before the sunset

For early risers we recommend a walk at around 06:30am to explore the villages as they wake up and prepare for the day.

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the lovely village and depart for Ban Thalang.

After one-hour drive, we will make the first stop in Ban Thabak, and enjoy the 02-hour boat ride along the Nam Theun river. The boat is made from the old aircraft oil tank, and suitable for up to 3 people per boat.

During the cruise, we enjoy the tranquil landscape and the life along the banks of the river. We may stop at one or two local villages if you wish to see deeper into the local life.

After the simple lunch at local restaurant, we will drive further to Ban Nam Yen, to cool off and take a dip at the natural swimming pool. We will also make a short stop at Tham Mangkon (Dragon caves) before transferring directly to the beautiful village Tha Lang in Nakai District, where we will check in the simple guesthouse

The rest of the afternoon is free for your own exploration. You can choose to stroll along the river to admire the sunset or go fishing on the lake (which is created by the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Dam).

Overnight @ Sabaidee Guesthouse

Day 13: Thalang - Thakhek

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Enjoy the scenic drive through the countryside of central Laos, visit the Nam Theun 2 Visitor Center along the way. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the caves system of central Laos with a soft trekking through the jungle. Arrive in Thakhek late afternoon, where we will spend the night

After breakfast, depart for Thakhek, the capital town of Khammouane Province. Along the way, we will make a short stop to visit Nam Theun 2 Visitor Center, where we can have some information of this Hydropower project.

We then continue driving about 02 hours to the village of Ban Nakhang Xang, to meet the village guide, who leads the trek.

Trek through secondary forest while the guide points out forest products that provide the local people with significant food resources. The trail passes through a cave that exits into a striking valley surrounded by towering cliffs and forest. The picnic lunch will be served wherever you feel hungry, we recommend having it at Tham Hip, which offers the great panoramic view over the area.

We then continue the trail, following the shoreline of Nong Thao Lake, where trekkers can see local fishermen at work. At Tham Nong Paseum Cave, the adventurous can swim into the 400-metre-long cavern and explore its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.

We then continue walking, and climb a bamboo stairway to the Buddha Cave, which was rediscovered in April 2004. The cave contains 229 bronze Buddhas that are said to be over 300 years old.

We arrive in Thakhek late afternoon, check in your hotel in town before taking a walk along the riverside to admire the sunset if you wish.

Overnight in Thakhek

Day 14: Thakhek - Savannakhet - Pakse

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Transfer directly to Pakse. Short visit to That Inghang, and the city of Savannakhet including St. Theresa Catholic Church or the Dinosaur Museum. Arrive in Pakse late afternoon, check in your hotel to take some rest.

After a leisurely breakfast, your guide will meet you around 09:30 to continue your journey south. The drive to Savannakhet takes approximately 1.5 hours. Before entering Savannakhet you will make a stop at the beautiful 16th Century temple of That Ing Hang. An impressive central stupa dominates a courtyard which is flanked by statues of Lord Buddha, in a style similar to Wat Sisaket in Vientiane. That Ing Hang is among the most revered temples in Laos and many Buddhists will travel here during December for the annual ‘Boun Phathat’ ceremony.
Continue in to Savannakhet. The city is most famous as the birthplace of the father of the Lao People’s Democratic Repulic (Lao PDR), Kaysone Phomvihane, who was born here in 1920. Take a short tour of the architectural highlights, which include various French villas and the striking St. Teresa Catholic Church.
Visit the small but very interesting Dinosaur Museum. Dinosaur remains are being found nearby which are between 150,000,000 – 250,000,000 years old. You can speak to the resident paleontologists about their work and the proceeds from your visit help to keep this project going.
After lunch in a local restaurant it will be time to hit the road again for the drive to Pakse, which takes approximately 3.5 hours. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
On the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedone River, Pakse is the most important town in southern Laos. Pakse is the home a very important Vietnamese community, so if you visit this town during the Têt (Vietnamese New Year), do not be surprised if many shops are closed. This small city has a mixture of Chinese and French architecture and some lively markets.
Overnight in Pakse

Day 15: Pakse - Wat Phou - Ban Khiet Ngong

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Short transfer to Champasak to visit the ruin of Wat Phou Temple. Then transfer to Ban Khiet Ngong, locating inside Xe Pian NPA, to take some rest, and spend the night at King Fisher Eco Lodge

After breakfast, a short walking city tour of Pakse will show you some nice remnants of the French period before transferring by road to Wat Phou. The journey takes approximately 1 hour.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos.  The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features quadrangular pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary itself.  The temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.
After your visit, we continue in to Champassak to see samples of French colonial architecture before driving to Ban Khiet Ngong, which nested inside the Xe Pian NPA, the hidden charm of the southern Laos.

You are free for the rest of the day to stroll around the village, and its surrounding area.

Overnight at King Fisher Eco-lodge

Day 16: Ban Khiet Ngong - Khone Phaphaeng - Khone Island

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Embark on a 2-hour trek to explore the surrounding of the area before transferring further south to visit the amazing Khone Phapheng waterfalls. Then drive back to Ban Nakasang to take the boat into the 4000-island area. Spend the night at the peaceful Khone island

After breakfast, we will explore the village of Ban Khiet Ngong and the surrounding area. The 2-hour trek takes us through an extensive wetland which is good for bird watching.

Many water birds can be seen, so bring binoculars if you have them. On the way you will pass the Giant Rock (Hin Houa Yak in Lao), a sacred place with a superb view.

After that, drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is an impressive spot near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos.

Then, we drive back to Ban Nakasang, and take the boat venturing into the 4000-island area. Called “Sipandon” in Lao language, this area is where the Mekong stretches to over 14km wide. The river flows between an unknown number of islands, creating waterfalls and rapids.
Free for the rest of the day for your own exploration of the island. There is the option to rent the bike from the hotel, and cycle around the island to admire the beauties of the local village, and come back just in time to catch the sunset.

Overnight in 4000-island area.

Day 17: 4000 Islands Exploration - Khong Island - Bolaven Plateau

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explore the 4000-island area with Liphi waterfalls, and cruise around the area to pick the chance of seeing the rare Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin. Then drive back to Pakse before continuing further to Bolaven Plateau, where we will spend the night at Sabaidee Valley Resort

Following breakfast, we explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings, and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuk tuk and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil” one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone.

Afterwards, we will take the boat upstream the Mekong river to Khong island, the biggest island of the area. Here, you will have ample time to drive around the island, visit the local village, or just take a cup of coffee before continuing our drive back to Pakse

Upon arrival, we head east into Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations.

We spend the night at Sabaidee Valley Resort

Day 18: Jeep Tour through the Hidden Trail in Paksong

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Join the special jeep tour with Mr. Khamsone, the coffee specialist. Exploring the coffee trail hidden behind the mountains and jungle of Bolaven Plateau; learning about the secret techniques of how to make a best cup of coffee; visiting colorful tribe villages; and enjoying the cool fresh waterfalls nesting deep inside the jungle

09:00AM, we will meet the Jeep tour specialist at Chai Coffee, and have some discussion with him there when enjoying a cup of coffee.
After that, we will hop on the Jeep and drive 30 minutes to Tad Moun waterfalls, where we can enjoy the fresh cool water, and visit the nearby vegetable farm.
11:00 Am, we continue driving to the Coffee Farm of Mr. Khamsone via the 10KM bumpy and muddy road, which will take you 01 hour with your special Jeep car.
Upon arrival, Mr khamsone, the Coffee farm’s owner will take 1 hour to demonstrate about coffee roasting step and finishing by a coffee cupping to Savor the different kind of coffee (Robusta, Arabica and Typica).
We will have the picnic lunch on the farm at around 1:30PM before continue driving to Laven village to see their daily life and their paddy field.
From there, we will drive to Suay village, where we can find many traditional long house made by bamboo, which is shared by some generations of 01 family.
Finally, we will drive to Tad Lo waterfall, where we spend the last night in Laos at the lovely Tad Lo Lodge

Day 19: Bolaven Plateau - Pakse - Departure

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Free to explore the surrounding area before transferring back to Pakse to take the departure flight

After breakfast, free to stroll around the lodge and the surrounding area before transferring back to Pakse to take the departure flight finishing your “19-day Laos Disovery”

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