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Southern Laos Adventure Tour

8 Days | 7 Nights
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Laos
Vientiane - Thakhek - Savannakhet - Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - 4000 islands

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This morning, your Asia Senses local guide and driver will pick up you at your hotel in Vientiane then start the journey along Highway 13 to Paksan then Kong Lor Town.

The first leg of our journey takes around 3 hours, stopping enroute to visit Wat Prabath Phonsanh (also known as “Temple of Buddha’s Footprint”), an important pilgrimage site between Vientiane and Paksan. Actually, there are two temples, Wat Prabath and Wat Phonsanh, but to the locals it’s only known as Wat Prabath Phonsanh. The pagoda of Wat Phonsanh is located next to the Mekong River, approximately 800 meters or less from Wat Prabath which sits right off from Highway 13.

Have lunch at a local restaurant which is recommended by your local guide.

After lunch, continue off the beaten track and into Hin Boun National Park and take a two hour ride passing through rugged sandstone mountain ranges, lush jungles and pristine rivers to reach our destination, Kong Lor Town. Upon arrival town, check in your guesthouse then spend the rest of the day is free at leisure. You could take a walk through the surrounding villages, chat with local villagers. Have a simple meal at local restaurant.

Overnight in Kong Lor Town.
MEALS
Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Kong Lor Guesthouse
Today, wake early for your tour of one of the geological wonders of Southeast Asia. We recommend a soft walk at around 06:30 AM to explore the villages as villagers wake up and go out to work on the fields.

After breakfast, take a 5-10 minutes of short drive towards the Kong Lor Cave. You will be equipped with head torches and life jackets before reaching the main entrance of the cave. Upon entering the cave, we will take a long tail boat (known locally as a sampan) through this spectacular cave and drift underground along the Hin Boun River. Observe the impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations as we journey through the 7.5 km long cave before we see daylight again! Along the way, our captain could dock the boat for you to disembark and wander around the caves. In places, the cave is up to 90 meters wide and 100 meters high. Local villagers are still using the river as a daily transportation route, and emerge into a stunning valley (it is far quicker than climbing over the mountains).

Once out on the other side, stop for refreshments, then enjoy the scenery and observe daily life activities of locals in nearby villages. Afterwards, we travel “downstream” through the cave, return to Kong Lor town. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, travel south to Thakhek, a former trading port in central Laos. Here, you will encounter attractive French colonial buildings from the early 20th century. The drive to Thakhek will take approximately 4 hours. If time permits, we will stroll along the Mekong at sunset. Enjoy a relaxing evening.

Overnight in Thakhek.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
Le Bouton D'Or Boutique Hotel
After breakfast, continue our journey to southern Laos. From Thakhek, we drive to Savannakhet which takes approximately 1.5 hours, en route stop to visit That Ing Hang Temple, a nine-meter stupa high with beautiful carving and decoration. This sacred stupa is an important place of worship not only for Laotian Buddhists but also Thai Buddhists who live in northern Thailand.

Continue onto Savannakhet, which is well known for its old French colonial architecture and the friendly, sleepy atmosphere of the town which conserves many aspects of Lao traditional culture. Take a short tour of the architectural highlights which include St. Teresa's Catholic Church and various French villas.

We also visit Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, take a look at the dinosaur fossils in here also known as the “big lizard’s bones” as called in Laos. Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Savannakhet.

After lunch, we hit the road again for the drive to Pakse which takes approximately 3.5 hours. Pakse, the capital of Champasak Province, is one of the biggest cities in Laos and a major transportation hub for southern Laos. Upon arrival in Pakse, check in your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Pakse.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
Start our today’s sightseeing by a short transfer (36 km) to E Tu Village in Bolaven Plateau to visit E Tu Waterfall. The plateau is located in an ancient volcano which erupted millennia ago and is full of lush vegetation, rich soil and a year-round temperate climate that is the perfect environment for growing Arabica and Robusta coffee. Along the way, you could see lush, beautiful coffee farms. The E Tu waterfall is located between Pakse and Paksong, offers a serene place for refreshing swimming.

Then we visit Fane Waterfall, which is 3 km far from the E Tu waterfall. It is the tallest waterfall in the Bolaven Plateau and probably in Laos. Stop to interact with the villagers of ethnic minorities nearby. The hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly; welcoming you with waving hands and smiling faces. This trip will give you the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region.

After that, we drive back to Pakse city for refreshment. Relaxing at the hotel and enjoying coffee - specialty of Bolaven Plateau.

Overnight at hotel in Pakse.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
This morning, we will transfer you to embark on a cruise boat via long tail riverboat, for your 2.5 hour journey to Champasak. Upon arrival at the Vat Phou boat, check in your cabin(s). Enjoy the lunch on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise with the cuisines amongst the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented.

In the afternoon, explore the Vat Phou Temple Complex – the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and our boat’s namesake. After spending time to visit the museum at the complex's entrance, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like.

As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou cruise boat for a chance to enjoy the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

Overnight on board on the Vat Phou Cruise.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Vat Phou Cruise
Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Thamo. This is a small village, a few minute walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards.

Lunch is on the deck, while we leisurely sail closer to the wild paradise known as the 4,000 Islands.

Late afternoon, we disembark from the boat then walk through the Deua Tia Village, a small Laotian village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Visit the local school and share some time with the students.

Our cruising trip finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelago. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.

Overnight in Don Khong Island.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Vat Phou Cruise
While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises down the Mekong to the small village of Veuthong where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Don Khone.

Visit the old French railway, the French colonial houses and walk across the bridge that links Don Khone and Don Det. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on Don Khone along the banks of the river.

This afternoon you will visit the Phapheng Waterfall, the “Niagara of the East”. After your waterfall visit, you will be transferred back to Pakse by shuttle bus.

Overnight at the hotel in Pakse.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
Free at leisure until our guide picks you up then transfer you to the Pakse Airport to take your departure flight. End of our services.
MEALS
Breakfast

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$ 1,090
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$ 1,200
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$ 1,490
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When to Go

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
28ºC
6mm

Thakhek
21ºC
4mm

Savannakhet
29ºC
4mm

Pakse
24ºC
1mm

Bolaven Plateau
17ºC
11mm

Champasak
24ºC
0mm

4000 islands
24ºC
2mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
30ºC
17mm

Thakhek
23ºC
24mm

Savannakhet
31ºC
18mm

Pakse
27ºC
9mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
25mm

Champasak
27ºC
8mm

4000 islands
27ºC
11mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
32ºC
31mm

Thakhek
26ºC
40mm

Savannakhet
34ºC
33mm

Pakse
28ºC
28mm

Bolaven Plateau
21ºC
83mm

Champasak
28ºC
27mm

4000 islands
28ºC
17mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
33ºC
82mm

Thakhek
28ºC
90mm

Savannakhet
35ºC
91mm

Pakse
29ºC
72mm

Bolaven Plateau
22ºC
180mm

Champasak
30ºC
65mm

4000 islands
29ºC
72mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
32ºC
229mm

Thakhek
28ºC
265mm

Savannakhet
34ºC
170mm

Pakse
28ºC
236mm

Bolaven Plateau
22ºC
351mm

Champasak
28ºC
240mm

4000 islands
28ºC
215mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
31ºC
254mm

Thakhek
27ºC
418mm

Savannakhet
32ºC
247mm

Pakse
27ºC
286mm

Bolaven Plateau
21ºC
407mm

Champasak
27ºC
221mm

4000 islands
27ºC
278mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
30ºC
245mm

Thakhek
27ºC
513mm

Savannakhet
31ºC
246mm

Pakse
26ºC
416mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
1054mm

Champasak
26ºC
550mm

4000 islands
26ºC
317mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
30ºC
331mm

Thakhek
27ºC
562mm

Savannakhet
31ºC
319mm

Pakse
27ºC
436mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
842mm

Champasak
27ºC
466mm

4000 islands
26ºC
314mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
30ºC
303mm

Thakhek
26ºC
361mm

Savannakhet
31ºC
237mm

Pakse
26ºC
318mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
550mm

Champasak
26ºC
395mm

4000 islands
26ºC
398mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
30ºC
82mm

Thakhek
25ºC
64mm

Savannakhet
31ºC
73mm

Pakse
26ºC
102mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
200mm

Champasak
26ºC
110mm

4000 islands
26ºC
182mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
29ºC
11mm

Thakhek
24ºC
7mm

Savannakhet
30ºC
4mm

Pakse
25ºC
23mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
72mm

Champasak
25ºC
22mm

4000 islands
25ºC
44mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Vientiane
27ºC
3mm

Thakhek
21ºC
5mm

Savannakhet
28ºC
2mm

Pakse
24ºC
4mm

Bolaven Plateau
17ºC
25mm

Champasak
24ºC
4mm

4000 islands
24ºC
9mm

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