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Southern Laos

Lao's Mekong River - Example 5 Day Tour
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Spend five days and travel south in Laos to experience areas seldom explored on a Laos tour. Witness the coffee production process on the Bolaven Plateau, explore breathtaking waterfalls such as Tad Fane and Li Phi Waterfalls in the 4,000 Islands region along the Mekong River. Travel through the enchanting Champasak region and see the famed Wat Phou temple. This unique Laos tour can also be combined with travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive to Pakse
Day 2 : Bolaven Plateau
Day 3 : Wat Phou & 4,000 Islands | Elephant Camp
Day 4 : Li Phi Falls & Irrawaddy Dolphins
Day 5 : Return Pakse

Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong River and its waterfalls and the 4,000 Islands region
  • Visit the region's small villages which still carry on ancient traditions
  • Interact with Asian elephants and meet the mahouts, the elephant trainers

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Laos
  • Bolaven Plateau
  • Don Khone
  • Li Phi Falls
  • Pakse
  • Si Phan Do
  • Wat Phou

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Coffee berries Wat Phu Champasak temple Tad Fane Waterfall, Bolaven Plateau Wat Phu castle at Champasak Li Phi waterfalls, Southern Laos Noodles in Laos Buddha statue

Day 1 Arrive to Pakse

Arrive to Pakse today where you are met by your guide and transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2 Bolaven Plateau

Today travel towards the Bolaven Plateau, located between the Mekong River and the Annamite mountains. This region was largely inhabited by the Laven ethnic group in the past, and their traditions still carry on in some minority villages in the plateau. Visit the village of Katu, Ta Oyh, Ngai and some Lao lum villages today. Learn a bit about the tribes and their cultures, as well as visit the famed waterfalls of Tad Fane and Tad Phasuam in this area. The Bolaven Plateau is more recently known for its agricultural production, namely its Arabica coffee. Settle into your hotel this evening.

Day 3 Wat Phou & 4,000 Islands | Elephant Camp

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Continue south today towards the Si Phan Do, or 4,000 islands region located in the middle of the Mekong River. Half of the islands are submerged during high water, and the rest are able to be explored by boat and ferry. Along the way you stop to visit the Khmer Temple of Wat Phou. This 11th century temple is now a Theravada Buddhist worship center and represents the easternmost border of the Khmer's empire. Visit also an Elephant Camp today and see how the handlers (or "mahouts") train these giant friendly animals. You may have the opportunity to ride one of the elephants to the top of Phou Asa to see the mysterious ruins there. Continue on to the 4,000 islands by bus and boat this afternoon. Settle into your bungalow that is built overlooking the running waters of the Mekong River.

Day 4 Li Phi Falls & Irrawaddy Dolphins

  • 1 Breakfast
Today is spent exploring the region. Visit the famous Li Phi Falls and learn the history of how these waterfalls helped thwart French efforts to open the Mekong River up to navigation. Irrawaddy (freshwater) dolphins also live in these waters. Keep your eyes open and see if you can spot them in the rushing waters. Visit also the small gauge railway and Colonial Bridge built by the French to circumnavigate these waterfalls.

Enjoy the afternoon free to explore the area more on your own or spend time relaxing overlooking the river's edge.

Day 5 Return Pakse

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, check out and take the ferry boat to meet your driver and transfer to Pakse Airport for your flight onward.

Bolaven Plateau - Hotels

Pakse - Hotels

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$888

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Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
  • 3 Days Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Tourist Visa
    • US citizens must obtain a visa

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  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $40 Optional Excursions
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