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The Mekong River at the southern end of Laos holds 4000 small islands that stretch along the river with endless amounts of charm. Indulge yourself in the exotic sceneries of waterfalls along with boat trips and green treks on the Mekong. Understand the local culture through historic relics with bike rides on tranquil islands
Experience the tranquility and unique beauty of the Mekong’s 4000 Islands on boat and by bike.
Wander in the tea and coffee plantation managed by locals at the Bolaven Plateu, see the twin cascades of Tat Fan Waterfall and other waterfalls surrounded by scenic greens.
Understand Laos’ rich heritage. Learn about the rich heritage of Laos through visits to rustic pre-Angkorian temples, French colonial buildings and meet with some of Laos’ ethnic groups to understand more about their customs and history.
Pakse – Bolaven Plateau (38 km): 45 min
Our guide and driver will be waiting to greet you upon your arrival in Pakse to take you to the hotel.
Start with a brief city tour of Pakse to see the colonial and Chinese-style buildings in this town of Southern Laos. Your next stop will be the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations.
You will be wowed by the twin cascades to Tat Fan Waterfalls. Tat Fan is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. The waterfall has a double cascade of water at a height of between 100 and 120 metres formed by the merging waters of the Champy and Pak Koot rivers. These impressive falls are situated on the edge of Dong Hua Sao protected area, 38km from Pakse
Note: water levels may vary accordingly to the previous rainy season.
Next stop is Sinouk Coffee Resort where you will hear all about the indigenous coffee trees and different processing stages from an expert in coffee while wandering through the farms to discover the verdant tea and coffee plantations.
After the visit, enjoy a delicious lunch. Most of the vegetables supplied to the meal come from the on-site organic garden. Following lunch, sample many different types of coffee.
On the drive back to Pakse, you will stop to see other attractive waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau include the triple beauties of Tat Lo, Tat Hang and Tat Soung. From the bridge guests will first see Tad Hang and then Tad Lo in the distance. The most impressive of the three, Tad Suong, is located a further 10km upriver.
The second stop is the small village of Ban Houay Houn, famous for its Katu textiles. Observe the village’s women weaving without a traditional loom, using their legs to stretch the fabric.
Return to Pakse in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Pakse
Pakse – Champasak (30 km): 50 min Champasak – Khong Island: 45 min (Breakfast & Lunch included)
After breakfast, transfer by road to Wat Phou.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou Hindu temple complex is located on the side of a symbolic scared mountainside dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The top of the temple has a freshwater spring that flows from the rock. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary. The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.
Pass through Champasak, driving through streets lined with French colonial buildings, and stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
Continue to Khong Island, the largest island in the Sii Pan Don area (4000 islands) where the Mekong river spreads to a width of up to 14 kilometres during the rainy season, forming hundres of islands and islets. You will see the serene monasteries one one of the most scenic area in Laos at Khong Island.
Overnight in Khong Island
Khong Island – Pakse (130 km): 1 hour 40 min (Breaking & Lunch included)
Depart early in the morning for a full day exploring the Si Fan Don area (4000 islands)
Arrive at the village of Ban Nakasan by car. From here, take a local boat to the peaceful island of Don Khone, home to plantations and simple villages. Bicycles are the best way to explore the area, but a tuk-tuk can be arranged as well.
Visit the impressive Lippi falls, which are on the west of Don Khone, very close to the Cambodian border. Their original name, Tad Somphamit, means “trap spirit” and the locals revere these falls as they believe they act as a trap for bad spirits.
The islands played an important role during the French colonial rule as they linked Laos to Cambodia and southern Vietnam. To cross the waterfalls, a railway bridge was built, which now provides an excellent viewpoint for visitors.
Follow up with a short boat trip, offering the chance to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin. After relaxing on the boat ride, enjoy a local-style lunch served in a nearby restaurant.
Return to Ban Nakasan by boat and then transfer to the hotel in Pakse by car, arriving back in time for sunset.
Overnight in Pakse
Pakse – Pakse Airport (3 km): 10 min (Breakfast included)
After breakfast, transport will be provided back to Pakse airport for the onward flight.