Life of the Far South 3 days
This 3 day adventure explores the beautiful countryside, famous waterfalls, fertile farmlands, coffee plantations, and hill tribes of the south of Laos.
Discover incredible waterfalls, including the twin waterfalls of Tad Fane
Visit coffee plantations and discover for yourself the excellence of Lao coffee
Explore rural villages and learn about the cultures of the different ethnic groups of southern Laos
Join us for an exciting three days as we explore what life is like in the far south of Laos. Visit villages of ethnic minorities, local markets, coffee plantations and waterfalls. Along the way, learn about the culture and daily lives of the people we encounter. We will also discover some of the history of the area with a short visit to the Ho Chi Minh Trail
What Will You Do
Day 1: Life in the Bolaven Plateau
We leave from Pakse and drive up to the Bolaven Plateau, making our way to Tad Phaseuam Waterfall. We then we continue to Tad Lo Waterfall where we will start a short hike. We make our way to some villages of different ethnic minorities. We will stop in one of these villages for lunch of local Lao food. After spending some time learning about village life we make our way to our next destination, driving past banana and coffee plantations. We will stop at a local market, a great place to learn about local culinary culture. We then make our way to a local hotel where we will spend the night.
Approximately 5.5 hours driving, 2 hours walking.
Day 2: Attapeu and The Ho-Chi-Minh trail
Today we drive to see two different waterfalls, Tad Fat and Tad Huekun, before heading to Attapeu. Here we can explore the ancient town before driving through the beautiful countryside where we will visit the villages of many different ethnic minorities. Some elderly members of these groups wear elaborate traditional clothing. We stop for lunch again in the town of Attapeu where we will have a meal of traditional Lao food. In the late afternoon we drive a short distance to a district that borders Vietnam. We will learn about the history of the Secret War in Laos as we drive along a section of the Ho-Chi-Minh Trail. We make a stop at the ancient temple of King Xaysettha, one Lao’s most famous and respected kings. Here we can learn some of Lao’s ancient history from the time of Lane Xang. We then make our way back to Attapeu before heading to our guesthouse to rest for the night.
Approximately 4 hours driving, 3 hours walking.
Day 3: Southern heritage and taste
After breakfast, we will continue on our way and we will spend some time exploring the ruined town before we make a short visit to the resettlement village. Here we can meet some of the villagers whose lives were uprooted after the dam collapse and were forced to leave their traditional homes. From here we will visit two waterfalls, Xe Pha and Xe Pong lai Waterfall. We will then make our way to Paksong, stopping in a coffee plantation to try some fresh coffee. We then explore the town’s lively market, a meeting point for many of the communities that live on the Bolaven plateau. From here we then make our way back to Paske, where you will be returned to your hotel.
Approximately 5 hours driving, 3 hours sightseeing.
What to expect:
This tour is a mix of sightseeing with some amount of walking. Expect moderate hiking through the jungle and walking around villages.
|Departure||Roughly at 8:30 pm 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, 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.
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