BOLAVEN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
EXPLORE THE BOLAVEN PLATEAU AND DISCOVER CASCADING WATERFALLS AND SPRAWLING COFFEE PLANTATIONS
Discover stunning waterfalls, cascading over cliffs and dropping down into rivers and valleys far below
Learn about the history of coffee and tea production and how it is rapidly becoming an important resource for Laos
Cool down in the highlands! Drive up to the Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong Valley. Explore coffee plantations, ethnic villages and waterfalls as we take in the highlights of this incredible area.
What Will You Do
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 before travelling 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 a little bit of time here to learn more about the history and culture of these people before returning to Pakse in the late afternoon.
Approximately: 4 hour driving, and 4 hours sightseeing
What to expect:
This is a moderately active tour. Expect to walk for about two hours between waterfalls on an uneven jungle track
|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, refillable water bottle, swimming clothes (including a sarong for women), towel|
|What is included||English speaking guide, drinking water, lunch, transport, government taxes, all entrance fees|
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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.