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Undiscovered Southern Laos & Cambodia

10 Days | 9 Nights
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Laos Cambodia
Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - 4000 islands - Ratanakiri - Kratie - Phnom Penh

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Upon arrival Pakse airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Pakse is the capital of Champasak province. It's one of the biggest cities in Laos and a major transportation hub for southern Laos.

After a short rest, we take 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.

Ban 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. After that, we drive back to Pakse city for dinner. Relaxing at the hotel and enjoying coffee - specialty of Bolaven Plateau. Overnight in Pakse hotel.
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Hotel Pakse
Today, we will head south to Champassak City to visit Wat Phou - one of the oldest archaeological site in Laos. It was built about 200 years before Angkor Wat. Wat Phou is located at the base of the Phu Kao mountain. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today. Wat Phou has been designated as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. You could take an elephant trek in this archaeological site to peek at more ancient ruins.

After the visit to Wat Phou, we continue head south to Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) Area. We will take a ferry and start the journey to Don Khong (Khong Island) which is famous with its peaceful villages and lovely people, offers a great unique experience in this unexplored southern land.

On arrival Khone Island, check in hotel and take a short break. In the late afternoon, observing the spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset from the riverside hotel is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight on Don Khone island hotel.
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Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
We will take a scenic cruise on the Mekong River to visit 4000 islands (or Si Phan Don) this morning. Cruise past the tiny islands dotted throughout this tropical paradise to Khone Phapheng and Li Phi Falls. If you’re lucky, you might see some of the rare and elusive pink Irrawaddy dolphins. Surprisingly, the dolphins are thought to be related to the killer whale with their large rounded heads and short snouts!

We also visit villages on 4000 islands. Experience with typical Lao way of life - serene village, smiling locals and kids, rice paddy fields, coconut and bamboo trees, river and fishing nets, all are an unforgettable and lovely scene of the islands. At Don Khone Island, you can see many old French colonial houses and hike along the historic railway which is built to connect Don Khone and Don Det Island. Overnight at hotel on Don Khone island.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Sala Don Khone Hotel
This day, we bid farewell to Laos, crossing the border into Cambodia at Stung Treng border. From the border, we will travel to Banlung, the capital of Ratanakiri Province in northeastern Cambodia. The drive takes us through rural area of the remote Ratanakiri province which boasts some of the more striking landscapes of the area and is home to several ethnic minority groups and natural attractions. You could watch scenes of rural life play out amidst a hazy, visceral sunset.

Upon arrival Banlung, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. The rest of day, you could relax at hotel or stroll around town and discover Banlung on your own. Over the next few days we will venture out to discover attractions of this remote area. Have dinner and overnight in Ratanakiri hotel (Banlung).
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
After breakfast, we take a short transfer (approximately 38 km from Banlung) to Voen Sai village which located on the bank of Tonle San river. The headquarters of Virachey National Park are located in the village. On arrival Voen Sai, we will walk around and discover the unique cultures of village where Khmer people live alongside Lao, Chinese and Kreung minorities. From here, we start our trekking tour to Virachey National Park, one of the most important wildlife and forest preservation areas in the whole of South East Asia. Along the trails, our guide is very pleasant to give you information about plants and animals which are living in Virachey National Park. Keep an eye out and you might spot wild animals and birds. If you are lucky, you could see a clouded leopard, elephants or a tiger.

After the trek, you will be transfer back to Ban Lung then take a visit to Yeak Laom lake, which was formed many centuries ago from a volcano. Swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this volcanic lake. Overnight at hotel in Banlung.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Terres Rouges Lodge
This morning, we will travel to the small town of Borkeo to visit local mining communities and watch the precarious way the locals mine for amethyst and zircon. After that we will continue our trip to Andong Meas, a district in Ratanakiri Province, north-eastern Cambodia. Upon arrival, we will take a private boat to broad along the Tonle San River up to visit the villages on two sides of river. Lunch will be served on a beautiful island. You also can swim there.

After lunch, we visit Jarai ancient cemeteries which house ancient graves and authentic wooden carving representing the dead people. Carved wooden statues such as the pregnant woman, soldier and elephant tusk are placed around the grave. After that we visit a village of Kachock people. Observe their daily activities, chat with locals. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Banlung. Overnight at hotel in Ratanakiri (Banlung).
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Terres Rouges Lodge
Today, our driver will transfer you to Kratie, a small riverside city which lies on the banks of the Mekong River. Kratie is a tourist destination in Cambodia. It is well-known for its French colonial buildings and the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Out of town, we stop to visit Katieng Waterfall which lies just 20 km from Ban Lung town. In hot months, locals often swim at this beautiful waterfall.

After the visit, we continue our drive to Kratie township. Along the way, we would stop for a rest in a local market where people selling deep fried spiders and other insect as their local special delicacy. Arrival Kratie in late afternoon, check in hotel and rest of day at leisure. Have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Kratie hotel.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
After breakfast, we will drive to the Kampi Village, around 16 km north of Kratie. Here is the home of 80 of the dwindling population of Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. The swirling waters here are considered one of the best places to observe these dolphins. Then, transfer back to Kratie around noon time. Have lunch and take a short rest.

In the afternoon, join with us in a Kayaking trip to big islands with white sand beaches within the Mekong. After an hour of kayaking, we disembark on Koh Trong Island, a beautiful quiet island opposite the riverfront of Kratie town. You could ride a bicycle or horse cart to visit villages and observe daily life of villagers. At the end of day, watch the sunset from the island’s western banks. Then be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kratie.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Rajabori Villas
In the morning, we will drive to the capital of Phnom Penh via Kampong Cham city which is quaint and charming with its bustling morning river scene and wide boulevard streets beside the river. Arrive Phnom Penh at noon, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in.

After a short rest, start our half day tour of Phnom Penh. First, we visit the Cambodia's Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. It serves as the King's residence and is used as a venue for court ceremony. Then we move to Silver Pagoda which is located in the southern portion of the Royal Palace complex. The pagoda houses large collection of Buddha images crafted from gold, silver, jade or wood and stone including the "Emerald Buddha", which sits atop throne in the center of the pagoda. Afterwards, we go to visit the National Museum, Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history and is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum.

In the late afternoon, take a walk along the riverside promenade, filled with food stalls, people exercising and courting couples. Have dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh hotel.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
Depend on your actual departure time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour of Phnom Penh will be suggested. Or free at leisure before you are transferred to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
24ºC
1mm

Bolaven Plateau
17ºC
11mm

Champasak
24ºC
0mm

4000 islands
24ºC
2mm

Ratanakiri
28ºC
2mm

Kratie
32ºC
6mm

Phnom Penh
31ºC
6mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
27ºC
9mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
25mm

Champasak
27ºC
8mm

4000 islands
27ºC
11mm

Ratanakiri
31ºC
6mm

Kratie
33ºC
12mm

Phnom Penh
32ºC
8mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
28ºC
28mm

Bolaven Plateau
21ºC
83mm

Champasak
28ºC
27mm

4000 islands
28ºC
17mm

Ratanakiri
33ºC
23mm

Kratie
35ºC
32mm

Phnom Penh
33ºC
32mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
29ºC
72mm

Bolaven Plateau
22ºC
180mm

Champasak
30ºC
65mm

4000 islands
29ºC
72mm

Ratanakiri
33ºC
46mm

Kratie
35ºC
93mm

Phnom Penh
34ºC
70mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
28ºC
236mm

Bolaven Plateau
22ºC
351mm

Champasak
28ºC
240mm

4000 islands
28ºC
215mm

Ratanakiri
31ºC
266mm

Kratie
33ºC
228mm

Phnom Penh
33ºC
151mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
27ºC
286mm

Bolaven Plateau
21ºC
407mm

Champasak
27ºC
221mm

4000 islands
27ºC
278mm

Ratanakiri
30ºC
361mm

Kratie
32ºC
222mm

Phnom Penh
32ºC
150mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
26ºC
416mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
1054mm

Champasak
26ºC
550mm

4000 islands
26ºC
317mm

Ratanakiri
28ºC
546mm

Kratie
31ºC
294mm

Phnom Penh
31ºC
155mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
27ºC
436mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
842mm

Champasak
27ºC
466mm

4000 islands
26ºC
314mm

Ratanakiri
29ºC
523mm

Kratie
31ºC
249mm

Phnom Penh
31ºC
158mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
26ºC
318mm

Bolaven Plateau
20ºC
550mm

Champasak
26ºC
395mm

4000 islands
26ºC
398mm

Ratanakiri
28ºC
437mm

Kratie
30ºC
299mm

Phnom Penh
31ºC
228mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
26ºC
102mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
200mm

Champasak
26ºC
110mm

4000 islands
26ºC
182mm

Ratanakiri
29ºC
194mm

Kratie
30ºC
192mm

Phnom Penh
30ºC
261mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
25ºC
23mm

Bolaven Plateau
19ºC
72mm

Champasak
25ºC
22mm

4000 islands
25ºC
44mm

Ratanakiri
28ºC
49mm

Kratie
30ºC
67mm

Phnom Penh
30ºC
121mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pakse
24ºC
4mm

Bolaven Plateau
17ºC
25mm

Champasak
24ºC
4mm

4000 islands
24ºC
9mm

Ratanakiri
28ºC
11mm

Kratie
30ºC
13mm

Phnom Penh
30ºC
31mm

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