Leisurely Southern Laos

Pakse – Ban Saphai – Bolaven Plateau – Champasak – 4000 Islands – Ban Khiet Ngong – Done Daeng
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  • A common architecture of roofs in Laos
  • Elephants are still popular in Laos, even for riding
  • Tad Pha Suam waterfall
  • Wat Phou temple
  • Wat Phu Stone Castle and Buddhist monks
  • Fishing

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Tour Code: LALX02
Southern Laos is known for its plateau, impressive waterfalls and temple ruins. This tour is designed for you to sample all of them. Start from the Bolaven Plateau with its pleasant climate, verdant coffee plantation and the twin waterfalls of Tad Fan. Then continue to Wat Phu, a Khmer temple ruin as well as UNESCO Heritage Site before sail through the 4,000 islands and try your luck at the rare freshwater dolphins in the Mekong River. An elephant ride into the jungle with a picnic lunch and two days unwind yourself in the idyllic resort will mark the end of your lifetime trip to Southern Laos.
Itinerary Day by Day

On arrival at Pakse Airport, we will have a short transfer about 15 Km to the north of the city to visit Ban Saphai, which locates on the isolated island of Don Kho. The village is very famous for its unique history & culture and the traditional handmade weaving fabric. We then move on to visit the charming village of Tadlo where you will be transferred to the Tadlo resort. Here you can swim in the pool of the nearby Tadlo waterfall.

Accommodation: Tad Lo Lodge or similar in Tad Lo

Spread across the northeast of Champasak province, the Bolevean Plateau is known for its cool temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley, dramatic waterfalls and high-grade coffee plantations. Today you will visit the most beautiful of the plateau, Tad Fan with spectacular twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation. A trip to the plateau also provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route.

We then transfer to the province of Champasak. En route, make a short detour to visit Pha Suam waterfall and explore the ethnic minority village of Lao Teung. On arrival in Champasak mid or late afternoon, check in your amazing The River Resort then free for the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The River Resort or similar in Champasak

In the morning, we cross the Mekong by boat to explore the fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 5th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We continue our journey to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pon Arena or similar in Done Khong

In the morning, 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”. Here you’ll 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. 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 a long-tail boat to Ban Nakasang; from there, we drive south to visit Khone Phapheng waterfall. It’s considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia and located near the Lao-Cambodian border within an area teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. End of the day at Ban Khiet Ngong which is located inside Xe Pian National Protected Area.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: King Fisher Ecolodge or similar in Ban Khiet Ngong

In the morning, start with an elephant ride in Ban Khiet Ngon past paddy fields and wetlands to the inside of the jungle that surrounds the area. Enjoy the spectacular view  of  the  dry  dipterocarp  forest  that characterize  Xe  Pian  protected  area,  experience  the  jungle  environment  while cicadas  and  birds sounds will accompany you along the way. After  two  to three  hours  (depending  on the trail  and  weather  conditions),  you  will  get out  your elephant for a delicious 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 resort at around 16:00.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: King Fisher Ecolodge or similar in Ban Khiet Ngong

In the morning, you are free to stroll around to explore the village before transferring to Don Daeng for your 2 next days relax at another resort of La Folia Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: La Folie Lodge or similar in Done Daeng

Free at your leisure to explore the island. It is a unique experience to walk o cycle around the island to visit the local villages.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: La Folie Lodge or similar in Done Daeng

After breakfast, we will transfer back to Pakse Airport for the departure flight
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
What's excluded
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All air tickets quoted separately
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses  
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
Hotels Used in This Tour
Tad Lo Lodge Tad Lo: Tad Lo Lodge or similar

Address: Ban Tanglea, No.20 Rd, Lao Ngam Distric, Ban Tanglea, Salavan, Laos

Description: Situated in Ban Tanglea, Tadlo Lodge is the perfect place to experience Salavan and its surroundings. The excitement of the city center is only 30.0 km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Tadlo Lodge, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers car park, room service, coffee shop, laundry service, airport transfer.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include garden are designed for escape and relaxation. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Tadlo Lodge hits the spot in many ways.

The River ResortChampasak: The River Resort or similar

Address: Ban Phaphinnoy, Muang Champasak, Ancient City, Champasak, Laos

Description: The River Resort is located on large, naturally landscaped grounds bordering on the stunningly beautiful Mekong Rivers cape. The Resort features 20 stylish, spacious guestrooms, most with panoramic River views and mountain sunset views. Each room has an indoor and outdoor shower. The Resort’s open-air Sala, overlooking the Mekong, includes a lounge and bar, restaurant featuring Western and Lao cuisine, and open rooftop terrace for dining and private parties. Guests enjoy relaxing at the Resort’s infinity swimming pool and Laotian massage pavilion. Attractions include sunset cruises on the Resort’s riverboat and tours to Wat Phou World Heritage site, coffee plantations and waterfalls, and the “4,000 Islands”.

Pon Arena HotelDone Khong: Pon Arena Hotel or similar

Address: Khangkhong, Don Khong, Muang Khong, Laos

Description: Designed for both business and leisure travel, Pon arena Hotel is ideally situated in Don Khong; one of the city's most popular locales. Set 140.0 Km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Pon arena Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Muang Khong. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, car park, poolside bar, luggage storage.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including pool (kids), garden, hot spring bath, outdoor pool, indoor pool. Pon arena Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Muang Khong.

King Fisher Ecolodge Ban Khiet Ngong: King Fisher Ecolodge or similar

Address: Ban Khiet Ngong, Xe Pian, Champasak, Laos

Description: Built in 2006, Kingfisher Ecolodge is one of the very first eco lodges in Laos, and is located in the middle of Champasak Province, with 60km from Pakse town and 75 minutes drive from the airport. The location offers easy access to the main must-see destinations in the province in a day trip.

Take advantage of the nature surrounding the lodge, being located at the beginning of Xe Pian National park, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. While staying at Kingfisher Ecolodge guests can enjoy Guided (English speaking) eco activities like trekking, early morning bird watching and elephant riding.

10 beautifully appointed guest rooms built on stilts with wood and other natural materials, all are non-smoking rooms. Traditional massage from local villagers is available on request, the cost of the service going directly to the masseuses.

Kingfisher Ecolodge is an ideal place for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Champasak province with the particular feeling of an accommodation situated in a remote, but yet accessible, rural area of this wonderful part of the country.

La Folie LodgeDone Daeng: La Folie Lodge or similar

Address: Done Daeng, Phathoumphone Pakse, Ancient City, Champasak, Laos

Description: Strategically placed to accommodate both cultural and leisure travelers, La Folie Lodge is located 40km from Pakse and the airport and provides access to the biggest attractions such as Vat Phou, the World Heritage Site. La Folie Lodge offers all the essential amenities and excellence in services to ensure travelers enjoyment. Safety deposit boxes, a concierge, laundry/dry cleaning services, a smoking area, Wi-Fi in public areas, and bikes are available as some examples of amenities. Rooms are equipped with high quality room facilities which include warm water, bottled water, separate dining areas, and a hair dryer. Airport pick-up services are available along with additional boat services at arrival and departure. La Folie Lodge is a valid choice for business and leisure travels for every appropriate age and time.
Service Details During the Trip
• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  

tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)

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Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.

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