Hidden Southern Mekong
Spend two days kayaking through the 4000 Islands and exploring this beautiful part of Laos
Kayak on the Mekong River and paddle through the 4000 Islands
Search for the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin
Learn about the importance of the Mekong River to the culture and lives of the local people
This two day adventure takes you to the magnificent 4000 Islands! Leave Pakse and head to the 4000 Islands where we will kayak down the Mekong River, winding our way between islands. Watch the sunset over the river and spend the night in a local guesthouse. The next day visit incredible waterfalls and go looking for the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. Finish the tour back in Pakse or at the Cambodian border.
What Will You Do
Day 1: Paddling among islands
We depart from Pakse and head south towards the 4000 Islands. We start our kayaking at a small village on the banks of the Mekong River. We paddle down the river, passing by idyllic island villages and forests until we reach a small beach where we enjoy a picnic lunch. We can spend some time relaxing and swimming before we continue onwards to Don Khone Island. We will watch the sun setting over the Mekong before spending the night in a local guest house.
Approximately 4.5 hours kayaking depending on the season
Day 2: Waterfalls, history and wildlife of the 4000 islands
After breakfast we take a short morning walk to visit some of the colonial buildings on the island while learning about the colonial history of Laos. We then walk to the spectacular Lee Phi Waterfall, where we will have our lunch. From here we paddle downstream through some more tranquil waters, giving you the chance to take in the beautiful views. We paddle for a short while to an area inhabited by the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. After spending some time in the area and hopefully spotting some dolphins, we will drive to the widest waterfall in South East Asia, Khone Phapheng. From here we will drive back to Pakse where we will arrive by late afternoon.
Approximately 2.5 hours walking, 2.5 hours kayaking, 30 minutes boat ride.
What to expect:
This is a very active tour. Expect to spend most of the days either kayaking or walking. You must be able to swim 50m unassisted to join this tour.
|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 clothes that can get wet for kayaking, shoes that can get wet, a change of clothes for the evening, 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.