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Our 8-day Southern Laos Adventure Tour allows you to discover the exotic charm of Southern Laos. Start from Vientiane, we head to Phu Hin Bun National Park, Khammouane Province with its breathtaking wilderness beauty. Take part in an adventure of exploring the nature wonder of Kong Lor Cave and journey through this spectacular 7.5 km long limestone tunnel. We also discover the colorful cultures of hill tribe and natural beauties of Khammouane, Savannakhet and Champasak provinces. Explore the splendor of the Mekong River, the artery of life in Laos, also known as The Mother of Waters and worshiped for thousands of years on the Vat Phou Cruises.
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Day 01: Vientiane – Paksan - Kong Lor Town
This morning, our Asia Senses driver and guide will come to pick up you at your hotel in Vientiane. Start our journey with a drive south along Highway 13. The first leg of our journey takes around 3 hours, stop 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 guide.
After lunch, continue off the beaten track and into Phou Hin Poun National Park and take a two hours ride pass through rugged sandstone mountain ranges, lush jungle and pristine rivers to reach our destination, Ban Kong Lor town. Upon arrival town, check in your guesthouse. 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 at guesthouse in Kong Lor town.
Day 02: Kong Lor Cave – Thakhek
Today, wake early for your tour of one of the geological wonders of Southeast Asia. We recommend a soft walk at around 06:30 to explore the villages as villagers wake up and go out for work on field.
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 Nam 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 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, 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 your lunch before travelling south to Thakhek, a former trading port in central Laos. Here, you will meet 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 hotel.
Le Bouton D'Or Boutique Hotel
Day 03: Thakhek – Savannakhet – Pakse
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel to continue our journey to southern Laos. From Thakhek, we drive to Savannakhet which takes approximately 1.5 hours. Before reaching Savannakhet city, we stop to visit That Ing Hang temple, a nine metres 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 to 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 Lao. 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 three and half hours. Upon arrival Pakse, check in your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure. Pakse, the capital of Champasak province is one of the biggest cities in Laos and a major transportation hub for southern Laos. Overnight in Pakse hotel.
Day 04: Pakse – Paksong - Bolaven Plateau - Tad Fane Waterfall
Start our today’s sightseeing by a short transfer (36km) to Baan E Tu, Tad E Tu waterfall, Bolaven Plateau. 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.
Baan E-Tu waterfall is located between Pakse and Paksong, offers a serene place for refreshing swimming. Then we visit Tad Fane Waterfall which is 3 km far from Ban E Tu waterfall. It is the tallest waterfalls in Bolaven Plateau and probably in Laos. We also stop to visit villages of ethnic minorities. 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.
Champasak Grand Hotel
Day 05: Champasak - Vat Phou Temple
This morning, we will transfer you to our cruise boat via long tail riverboat, for your 2.5 hour journey to Champasak. Upon boarding at the Vat Phou boat, we help you to check in your cabins. All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and our galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented.
The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins – the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and our boat’s namesake. You have time to visit the museum at the ruins site, 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 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on board on Vat Phou cruise.
Day 06: Huei Thamo - Oum Muong Temple - 4000 Islands - Don Khong
Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Tomo. 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. All meals are included on the Vat Phou Mekong cruise and the galley produces the finest of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully presented.
Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Deua Tia, a small Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries, you will also visit the local school and share some time with the students. Our day’s cruise 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on board on Vat Phou cruise.
Day 07: Don Khone - Phapheng Waterfall - Pakse
While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises down the Mekong to the small village of Ban Veuthong where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Don Khone. You will visit the old French railway, the French colonial house and walk across the bridge that links Don Khone and Don Det. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on Don Khone Island along the banks of the river.
This afternoon you will visit the PhaPheng waterfall, the “Niagara of the East”. After your visit to Phapheng waterfall you will be transferred back to Pakse by shuttle bus. Overnight at the hotel in Pakse.
Champasak Grand Hotel
Day 08: Pakse Departure
Free at leisure until our guide come to pick up then transfer you to Pakse airport to take your departure flight. End of our services.
Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)
Tour Price Includes
07 hotel night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
Boat in 4000 islands.
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
Overnight junk boat in Champasak.
Tour Price Excludes
Visas if required.
Other meals not mentioned in the program.
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
Any camera or video fees at any sites.
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