- Driving through the Bolaven Plateau with special jeep
- Learning about the coffee production in Laos, something you cannot miss
- The panoramic view from Wat Phou Salao over the city of Pakse and Mekong river
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES
- Soft trek in Bolaven Plateau
- Jeep tour tracing the Coffee Trail (Coffee Trail Experience)
- The leisure cruise along the mighty Mekong River
- Tuk Tuk tour around the 4000-island area to explore some interesting spots
- Cruise along the Mekong River
- Hiking up to the top of Wat Phou Salao to enjoy the panoramic view over the city of Pakse, and Mekong river
- The scenic green mountainous area of Bolaven Plateau with various watefalls, and plantation
- The untouched nature along Mekong River
- The amazing Khone Phapheng waterfalls, one of the biggest waterfalls of the world
- Visit plenty of local village in Bolaven Plateau, especial the 1-night stay with the local family during jeep tour
- Visit some temple and museum along the way to learn about the culture of Laos
- Explore the ruin of mysterious temple of Wat Phou to learn about the history of southern Laos
Pakse – Paksong – Bolaven Plateau – Jeep Tour – Champasak – Wat Phou – 4000 Islands – Liphi Waterfalls – Irrawaddy Dolphin – Khone Phapheng – Pakse
Day 1: Arrival in Pakse - Transfer to Bolaven Plateau
Pick-up by our guide and driver upon arrival in Pakse, then transfer to Bolaven Plateau. Along the way, visit some waterfalls and plantation
Upon arrival at the airport, our guide will give you a warm welcome and short briefing about the tour before starting the “7-Day Southern Laos Tour”.
We head east to Pakse and onto the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Stop at a tea plantation, followed by a brief visit to Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. Last stop is at a coffee plantation before arriving at your destination for the evening. Overnight in Bolaven Plateau
Day 2: Coffee Trail Experience (Jeep Tour)
Join the special jeep tour with Mr. Khamsone, the coffee specialist. Exploring the coffee trail hidden behind the mountains and jungle of Bolaven Plateau. Spend the night at the house of the host family, and experience their daily life
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 1hr to demonstration 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 walking to the nearby refugee cave, which is used as the hidden place by the local villagers during the war time.
After that, we will continue walking along the farm to see the volcano mountain named Phou Sanark where we can enjoy the view over the farm and the nearby villages during the sunset.
You can learn to cook Lao foods with the wife of Mr. Khamsone while preparing the dinner with her. Overnight at the tent camp at the coffee farm
Day 3: Back to Bolaven Plateau
Continue exploring the hidden trail, visiting some fresh waterfalls, and colorful tribe villages. Drive further to Tad Lo waterfalls, where we spend the night at the beautiful Tad Lo Lodge
09:00 am: After breakfast we continue driving by JEEP for 14km or 1hr to Laven village name’s B Setkhord. In this village there are 500 families living in around 100 years old. So, during the France Indochina, these plateau call Laven plateau, which means: An area or the hometown of Laven people living. Upon arrival, we can walk around, and our guide can tell you more stories about this village.
We then drive to Tad Say Waterfall where we will have the picnic lunch
After that we will drive to a Suay Village named B Darsia, where you can see many traditional house. 30% of the house here is still the traditionally built long house, and 60% is the traditional house. The house is the place, where many generations will share together. The family use the house for all daily activities such as cooking, eating, and sleeping.
From there transfer to your hotel, Tad Lo Lodge, where we will spend the night
Day 4: Transfer to Champasak - Explore the Ruin of Wat Phou
Continue to explore the rest of Bolaven Plateau with some breathtaking waterfalls, then drive to Champasak to visit the ruin of Wat Phou temple. Spend the night in Champasak
After breakfast, visit Tha Teng colourful ethnic minority food market. Next explore a couple of fascinating minority villages, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village that boasts a sacrificial altar, and Ban Kokphung, a Katu village where they keep coffins under their houses. Arrive at the beautiful Tad Phaxuam Waterfall by mid-morning, before leaving the Bolaven Plateau and continuing to Champassak by lunchtime.
In the afternoon visit Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century.
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 Champasak to see samples of French colonial architecture before taking the boat to the beautiful The River Resort, where we will spend the night
Day 5: Continue further South - Explore 4000-Island Area
Drive further south to Khong island, and take the bat to Khone island, where we start the exploration of famous 4000-island area with the visit to the first Laos railway with its locomotive, the Liphi waterfalls, and the fresh water Irrawaddy dolphin.
Heading out of town, we driver further south to Khong island, and embark on a long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done”. Upon arrival, 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 tuktuk 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.
Free for the rest of the day to stroll around this charming island. The recommended activities is the cycle around the island, watching local life; or walk along the bank of Mekong river admiring the sunset.
Overnight in Khone island
Day 6: Explore Khone Phapheng Waterfalls - Transfer back to Pakse
Take the boat back to the mainland at Ban Nakasang, and drive to visit the mighty Khone Phapheng waterfalls before transferring back to Pakse. Explore the city of Pakse in the afternoon including the authentic village of Ban Kho, and Wat Chomphet, which hosts the amazing biggest sitting Buddha in Laos. Late afternoon ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view over the town of Pakse and the Mekong River
After breakfast, return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and 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.
Afterwards, we will take a long-tail boat to Ban Nakasang; and drive back to Pakse.
Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative post, the capital of Champasak Province is a relatively new town at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers.
In the afternoon, we will first visit Ban Khoh, which specializes in stone carving, and walk to the nearby Wat Chomphet, which hosts the biggest sitting Buddha in Laos.
Late afternoon, we will ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view over the town of Pakse, and the nearby area, whilst the dark is falling over the city.
Overnight in Pakse
Day 7: Departure
Free to stroll around the town before taking the departure flight
You are free before taking the departure flight fishing your “7-day Visit Southern Laos”
- From Pakse, you have direct flight to Bangkok (Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia), or Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
- You can either cross the border to Cambodia (via Dom Kralor); or Thailand (via Chongmek)