Highlights of Southern Laos 4 days
See all of the highlights that the south of Laos has to offer, including the Bolaven Plateau, Wat Phou and the 4000 Islands
Explore the Bolaven Plateau and visit its stunning waterfalls and coffee plantations.
Explore the ancient Khmer temple of Wat Phou, parts of which date back to the 5th century
Visit the feeding grounds of the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin and try to spot these incredible creatures
Discover the highlights of southern Laos on this incredible four day experience. Visit the coffee plantations and waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau, explore the ancient temple of Wat Phou, and experience the relaxed lifestyle of the 4000 Islands.
What Will You Do
Day 1: Bolaven plateau essentials and Champassak
We depart from Pakse in the morning and head towards the Bolaven Plateau. Our first stop is a small village, famous for its blacksmiths, where we can see how the local people make knives and other tools by hand. We continue our journey, driving past tea and coffee plantations until reaching the heart of the Bolaven Plateau. The plateau is home to many different ethnicities including the Laven people, that gives the plateau its name. We stop at the amazing Tad Fan Waterfall, a twin waterfall cascading over 220 meters into a valley. We then make our way to Tad Ngoung Waterfall, which has a great spot for swimming. Here we will have lunch, relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. After lunch and relaxing in the cool waters, we visit the local market in Paksong. This is a fascinating place to look around and get an insight into the lives of the local people. From the market we make our way to Tad Pasuem Waterfall where we will visit some of the different local ethnicities that live in this area. After spending some time at the waterfall and learning about the different ethnic groups, we head to the town of Champassak where we will spend the night in a local guesthouse.
Approximately 4-5 hours driving, 2.5 – 3 hours walking
Day 2: Natural and cultural heritage of Champassak
We have an early start to the day with a visit to the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou. We spend some time exploring this fascinating ancient site before returning back to our guesthouse for breakfast. After breakfast we drive to a small village, where we will start our short hike through the Xe Pian National Park. After a short hike, we will have our lunch at a local restaurant, before we take a short transfer to another small village. Here we board our boat for the journey to Don Khone Island. Along the way we can see the local fishermen at work while watching the sunset, before arriving at our hotel just in time for dinner.
Approximately: 3.5 hours transfer, 45 minutes walking, 1.5 hour boat ride
Day 3: 400 islands treasures
After breakfast we take a leisurely bicycle ride to the old bridge built by French colonists. We then cycle along the old French railway line to the stunning Liphi Waterfall. We return for lunch to a riverside restaurant where we enjoy some delicious food, watching the river float past. In the mid afternoon we cycle to Don Det taking in the sights of island life along the way. From Don Det we take a boat to see different islands donxom don dompadee to see the people life are living in 4000 islands then take the boat back on sunset time to our hotel on Don Khone.
Approximately: 4-5 hours cycling, 1 hour walking, 1.5 hour boat ride
Day 4: Khonphapheng Waterfall and dolphin area
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to a waiting minivan, which takes us to another boat. We take a cruise upstream to an area where Irrawaddy dolphins can be spotted! We spend some time here looking for the dolphins before heading back to the waiting minivan. We take a short drive to Khonphapheng Waterfall, the widest in South East Asia! We have our lunch at the waterfall, taking in the stunning views. After lunch we return to Pakse, or we can take you to the Lao/Cambodian border.
Approximately 3 hours driving, 3-4 Hours sightseeing, 2.5 hours boat ride
What to expect:
This is a moderately active tour. The primary activity is sightseeing but there is some walking, trekking, and cycling involved. Some days have up to six hours of physical activity.
|Departure||Roughly at 8:30 am from Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 5:30 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, transport, government taxes, all entrance fees, all meals, accomodation|
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.
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