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Our Undiscovered Southern Laos & Cambodia tour will provides you truly ‘off the beaten track’ in these two fascinating countries of Laos and Cambodia. Trek to pristine waterfalls and through villages untouched by time, stopping to meet friendly locals on the way. Discover ancient Khmer temples in southern Laos venture to remote Ratanakiri province in northeastern Cambodia. Cruise on Mekong River in 4000 Islands and Kratie to seek out the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin. Enter a world of mountains, elephants and ethnic minorities before ending your adventure in Phnom Penh.
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Day 01: Pakse Arrival – Bolaven Plateau - Tad Fane Waterfall
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.
Day 02: Champasak - Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (Don Khone)
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.
Day 03: 4000 Islands - Khone Phapheng and Li Phi Falls
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.
Sala Don Khone Hotel
Day 04: 4000 Islands – Stung Treng - Ratanakiri
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).
Day 05: Banlung – Virachey National Park – Voen Sai – Yeak Loam Lake
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.
Terres Rouges Lodge
Day 06: Banlung - Borkeo – Andong Meas
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).
Terres Rouges Lodge
Day 07: Banlung - Katieng - Kratie
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.
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.
Day 09: Kratie - Phnom Penh
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.
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.
Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)
Tour Price Includes
09 hotel night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
Boat in 4000 islands, Kratie.
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
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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