We explore the beautiful region of Pakse, located in the southern part of Laos, also home to the famous ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phou from the 5th century and the awe-inspiring Khone Pabeng waterfall, the biggest in Southeast Asia! The surrounding forests teem with flourishing vegetation and you will be greeted by the friendly, waving locals as we vist a few villages. You will take a trip to the Boloven Plateau, which will provide you with a refreshing break from the heat and allow you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea and crops on our way.
Accommodation in shared double or twin room at hotels selected.
Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle as per program.
English speaking guide except during time at leisure.
Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program.
Boat for cruises mentioned.
Meals as mentioned on the program .
Visa for Laos (30 USD per person upon arrival + 2 passport size pictures).
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
DAY 1: PAKSE ARRIVAL / BOLOVEN PLATEAU /PAKSE
Depart by road for Tadlo on the northern edge of the Boloven Plateau. En route, visit Yaheune and Lavai villages.
Upon arrival in Tadlo, discover the Seset Waterfalls and visit the surrounding Alack and Nge tribal villages.
Continue towards Paksong. En route, visit a Kaleum village and the tea coffee plantations in Paksong. Then, stop at the impressive Tadfane Waterfalls before returning to Pakse.
Overnight in Pakse.
DAY 2: PAKSE / VAT PHOU / KHONG ISLAND
After breakfast, transfer to the pier and board a traditional riverboat for a 2-hour cruise down the Mekong River to the former Royal capital of Champassak. Upon arrival, continue by roaad to Vat Phou (8 km from the city), a pre-Angkorian temple dating from the 6-13th century, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
In the afternoon, continue by car towards Khong Island (approx. 2 hours ). En route, stop at Ban Houei Thomo village and walk to the nearby ruins of the Khmer temple of Oum Moung, which is hidden in a thick forest.
Arrive in Khong before sunset and check-in at your hotel.
Overnight in Khong Island.(B)
DAY 3: KHONG ISLAND / KHONE ISLAND / KHONG ISLAND
After breakfast, board a long-tail riverboat for a cruise through the maze of waterways into the tropical paradise After breakfast, board a long-tail riverboat for a cruise through the maze of waterways into the tropical paradise of Siphandone “The 4,000 Islands”. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches an incredible 14km in width and when the waters recede it leaves behind a myriad of islands and islets.
Visit Det and Som Islands for a glimpse in to the lives of the fishermen.
Arrive in Khone Island and discover its colonial heritage including an old French railway, dating back to 1897, built to bypass the powerful rapids that disrupt the navigation along the Mekong River.
Continue to Liphi Waterfall, home to a colony of endangered Irrawaddy fresh water dolphins.
Return to Khong Island.
Overnight in Khong Island.(B)
DAY 4: KHONG ISLAND / KHONE PHAPENG / PHOU ASA / PAKSE
After breakfast, cross the Mekong River and continue to the famous Khone Phapeng Waterfalls, the largest cascade on the Mekong River along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea.
Drive back to Pakse. En route, stop at Ban Khiet Ngong village, populated by the Suay ethnic group, and take an elephant ride through the primitive jungle to explore the enigmatic ruins of Phou Asa temple.
Upon arrival in Pakse, check-in at your hotel.
Overnight in Pakse.(B)
DAY 5: PAKSE DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)
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Hotel Ratings & Accommodation
Although hotels/guest houses/accommodation in the region may provide you with information about their qualification, the properties used and offered by Vietnampathfinder in this part of the world may not all have official star qualification issued by an official government-accredited hotel association in the country of operation. Vietnampathfinder provide you with its own internal star qualification which is based on its own experience and certain criteria to ensure you have an interpretation of the qualification. Vietnampathfinder cannot be held liable in any way for this star qualification.
There are limited hotels/resorts, with standard triple rooms in their inventory. These are commonly double/twin rooms with an extra (rollaway) bed, limiting space within the room. Please inform all concerned accordingly to correctly manage expectations. Extra bed rates / triple sharing room rates are available in the confidential tariff.
Single room supplements are indicated in the confidential tariff. It is common that the provided rooms are twin/double rooms for single use only.
Preferences such as smoking/non-smoking, interconnecting rooms, king-size beds, and location of the room cannot be guaranteed or confirmed in advance and are subject to hotel policy and availability at time of check-in.
Hotels or Similar Standards, this mean, we will book your accommodation in a similar hotel standards that based on room, service quality and star category, we will email to inform and will only confirm when get final decision from you before block the services.
( Must be under 12 years old upon travelling date)
We will apply the tour rates as following when you process booking online our packages
* Child in half twin shared with 01 adult 100% of adult fare
* Child in extra bed, shared room with 02 adults 75% of adult fare
* Child without bed, shared room with 02 adults 50% of adult fare
* Complementary for kid under 5years old shared bed with parents
As you can see when booking online, we only charge the child with 50% of adult fare and accept this term, mean, the hotel room will arrange with a twin or double bed (or without an extra bed) and your Child will share room with 02 adults (Parents).
So, if you will request an extra bed after completed our online booking, we will add surcharge further of 25% of adult fare and this payment will be collected on arrival
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Compulsory at Peak Season & Surcharge
Hotels or Boats (Halong bay, Mekong delta) will request during Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year period, we will inform you via email this special surcharge and your own account