Bolaven Highlights Home-Stay Experience
Cruise down the Mekong River to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ancient Wat Phou
Explore the Bolaven Plateau and discover amazing waterfalls
Spend the night in an authentic village homestay of an ethnic minority
Learn about the different ethnic groups of Laos and how each one has a unique history and culture
Relax in the cooler climate of the Bolaven Plateau! This two day tour will take you to visit a number of waterfalls before spending the night in an authentic village homestay. The next day we visit more ethnic groups and waterfalls before returning to Pakse.
What Will You Do
Day 1: Bolaven’s nature and lifestyle immersion
We leave Pakse and start driving up to the Bolaven Plateau. At the start of the plateau we will stop at a small village, famous for knife making and blacksmithing. We spend some time here to see how knives are made by hand using traditional techniques before continuing on to visit some coffee and tea plantations. Here we learn how tea and coffee is grown and processed as well as learning about its importance as a cash crop. We then make our way to the stunning Tad Fan Waterfall. Here we take some time to explore the local area before we take a short hike to Tad Yeung Waterfall. We will have lunch at the waterfall and spend some time relaxing or swimming.
In the afternoon after we head to the fascinating Paksong Market, a great place to look around and discover and important part of local life! After some time at the market we head to an ethnic Mon Khmer village. These people originally came from what is now Cambodia and have a completely different culture and language to the majority of Lao people. We will spend the night in this village to learn about their culture by immersing ourselves in village life.
Approximately 3 hours . 5 hour sightseeing
Day 2: Ethnic groups and waterfalls discovery
After breakfast with our host family we visit some other villages to learn about their culture and how it differs from Mon Khmer and low-land Lao. We then travel to a waterfall where we will start our trek. Along the hike we will pass another waterfall before arriving at a Ngae ethnic village where we can learn about the different lifestyle and culture of this group. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to our final waterfall. From here we will return to Pakse in the late afternoon.
Approximately 3.5 hours 1.5 hours trekking . 3.5 hours sightseeing
What to expect:
Expect to be trekking through the jungle for about two hours each day. Expect basic accommodation in the village with rudimentary washing facilities.
|Departure||Roughly at 8:30 am from Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 5 pm to Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|What to bring||Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable trekking clothes, good quality trekking shoes, warm clothes for the evening, torch, refillable water bottle, swimming clothes (including a sarong for women), towel|
|What is included||English speaking guide, drinking water, transport, government taxes, all entrance fees|
Help us to become 100% single use plastic free company!
We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle. If you don’t have one we sell the 0,75 L Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office. At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.