Centre - South Laos Experience 12days
Arrival in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, located along the Mekong River. You will spend a day to see around the famous temples as Wat Sisakeo, Wat Prakeo, That Luang Stupa & Patuxay Monument…After that you will head out Vientiane to the southern areas. You will stop in Hin Boun for overnight and the following day, visit famous Kong Lor Cave, which is over 7km long. You will feel more interesting with the trekking through the forest in Thakek and visit the Khammouane's famous Buddha cave and Tham Pa Fa or Buddha cave. The vehicle will take you to Pakse via Savannakhet. You will have a quick visit French Quarter, the sacred That Inhang stupa, Soundra Salt Factory.
You will reach Pakse, the largest city in Southern Laos, situated at the confluence of the Xedone and Mekong River. From Pakse you will go to discover the villages in Bolaven Plateau, which is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. And spend 2 night stays at Kingfisher ecolodge at Ban Khiet Ngong vilage with a comfortable, intimate experience with exotic nature in a unique environment such as in the northern wetlands of the Natural Protected Area which is one of the most actractive of all of the NPAs scattered throughout the Laotian territory : Particulary, full day Elephant safari in the jungle.
Continue your trip further in the south part of Laos to visit amazing Khong Island with the 4000 Islands : The old French Colonial buildings , the beautiful Liphi Waterfall and famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng.
- Road trip from Vientiane to the southern part of Laos via the less tourist areas : Hin Boun, Thakek, Savanakhet.
- Boat excursion to visit famous Kong Lor Cave.
- Trekking through forest in Thakek and visit Khammouane's famous Buddha cave.
- Excursion in Savanakhet to admire the old French Quarter .
- Trip to Bolaven Plateau and stay in Tadlo resort.
- Adventure Safari in the jungle by elephant and experience stay at Kingfisher ecolodge
- Visit Siphandone, the area of the 4000 Islands.
- Discovery, Ruins of Vat Phou, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples.
- End your trip by visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples.
Itinerary in brief :
Day 1. Arrival - Vientiane (B)
Day 1. Arrival - Vientiane (B)
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to relax. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2. Vientiane (B)
An optional early start enables you to visit the fascinating local market of Thongkhankham which is where the locals shop and a wide variety of weird and wonderful foods are on offer. We continue to explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The final visit of the morning will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre. This afternoon we visit the quirky yet impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow. A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 3 Vientiane – Hin Boun (B)
Morning pike up from hotel, transfer south along route 13 to the central Laos province of Khammoune. En route we stop at Prabaht Ponsan, a stupa dating back to the 15th Century. It is also home to the Budhhas footprint, discovered in 1933, and now an important religious site in Laos. Afternoon we make a stop at the interesting Ban Ton Na Mae Hmong Market, then continue onwards into Khammoune province and into the mountainous area, where a stop at a view point near Khoun Kham offers a breathtaking view over the surrounding area. Our last stop of the day is Ban Thabuk, the bomb boat village where they use old bomb casings from the Vietnam War as boats. We eventually reach Hin Boun area by mid afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Sala Hin Boun.
Day 4. Hin Boun – Kong Lor cave – Thakek (B,L)
After breakfast and we drive to Kong Lor village and board a small local boat into the famous Kong Lor Cave. We navigate through the cave, which is over 7km long and includes a spectacular cavern over 100m high, as well as a breathtaking stalagmite gallery which you can explore on foot. On the other side of the cave, we take a short walk past some tobacco drying huts to Ban Pon Ngam, a remote village, where you can enjoy your picnic lunch. Following lunch, we return through the cave by boat, and transfer directly by car to Thakek, arriving there by late afternoon, in time for a stroll along the riverfront to enjoy a sunset over the Mekong. Overnight in Thakek.
Day 5. Thakek – Buddha Cave and trekking (B,L)
We depart from Thakek by Tuk-tuk, and follow the old French railway track that was destined for Vietnam but was never finished. You arrive in the village of Ban Nakhang Xang and meet local guide who will escort you on the trekking. Passing through secondary forest your guide will point out forest products that form an important part of local people's food resources. Going through a cave, you enter a striking valley with towering cliffs and forest. The trail follows the shoreline of Nong Thao Lake where you can see local fishermen at work. On arrival at Tham Nong Paseum cave more adventurous swimmers can explore the cave. The cave is 400 metres long and contains dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. Back in daylight, the trip continues onto Khammouane's famous Buddha cave for a traditional Lao lunch of Mekong fish, sticky rice and spicy papaya salad. After lunch we visit Tham Pa Fa or Buddha cave, which was rediscovered in April 2004. The cave contains 229 bronze Buddhas that are said to be over 300 years old! Time permitting you will also be able to travel by local canoe into the water cave below. And you will return to Thakek in the late afternoon. Overnight in Thakek.
Note: Moderate trekking, a good standard of fitness is required. During rainy season (May-September) the programme may be changed without prior warning to accommodate the local conditions.
Day 6. Thakek – Pakse (B)
This morning we continue by road south and arrive in Savannakhet. In the afternoon, we have time to admire the old French Quarter of Savannakhet as well as the sacred That Inhang stupa, before heading out of the town to visit Soundra Salt Factory, to learn about the local working conditions. We then continue by road to Pakse, stopping to visit Don Khor, a village specializing in Buddha carvings for temples. We arrive in Pakse at the end of the day. Overnight in Pakse
Day 7. Pakse – Tadlo (B)
Today you will be taken by road east into the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is to visit Houey Ten, a Katu village specializing in knifemaking. We then stop tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. We then make a stop at a coffee plantation, en route to Tha Teng Market, a colourful ethnic minority food market. Next we explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village, that boasts a sacrificial alter. We arrive at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall in the afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. You also have the option of a short elephant ride to take in the beautiful scenery. Overnight at Tadlo.
Day 8. Tadlo - Kingfisher (B)
After an early breakfast, we continue our tour of the Bolevan Plateau and visit head Pha Suam waterfall and to explore the ethnic minority villages of Lao Teung. We continue to travel by road to Xe Pian National Park or Kingfisher Ecolodge where you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Kingfisher
Day 9. Kingfisher – Elephant Safari (B,L)
Today you experience a full day Adventure Safari in the jungle by elephant. You will start in the morning from the village of Khiat Ngong and, through paddy fields and wetlands, you will be led inside the jungle that surrounds the area. From the top of your elephant you will have a particular point of view of the dry dipterocarp forest that characterize Xe Pian protected area, you will experience the jungle environment while cicadas and birds sounds will accompany you along the way. After two to three hours of ride (depending on trail and weather conditions you will step down from your elephant and, after let them be free to feed in the forest, our guide and mahouts will serve you a delicious picnic lunch. After resting and watching the elephants roaming around in search for food, you will continue your jungle safari on the way back to the village. Overnight at Kingfisher.
Day 10. Kingfisher – Khone Island (B)
After breakfast, we drive south to Ban Hatsaikhone, where we board a local private boat for a boat tour of the 4000 Islands. We reach the picturesque island of Don Khone by lunchtime, and in the afternoon explore the island by bicycle, admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. We then return to our boat and head back to the mainland, and drive to Don Khong, arriving there by late afternoon.
Day 11. Khong Island – Khone Phapeng –Wat Phou- Don Daeng (B)
This morning we drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the east'. We then head north by road and across the Mekong by ferry to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. To end the day, we travel by boat to the island of Don Daeng where you will overnight.
Day12. Don Daeng - Pakse – Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pakse and onto the airport for your departing flight.
- Accommodation based on double/twin based on twin sharing room
- All transfers with the air-conditioned private car
- The English speaking guide as guided time
- Full day Elephant riding Safari through jungle
- Private boat trip in Kong Lor Cave and in Khong Island areas
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- All entrance fees
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
- International departure tax ( 10 usd/ pax
- Laos Visa (30 USD/pax for stamp fee)
- Travel insurance (Compulsory)
- Admission fees during free time
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such a telephone, laundry and bar bills etc
- Tips and gratuities
Destinations : Vientiane
Destinations : Savannakhet
Destinations : Pakse
First Class Accommodation
Destinations : Vientiane
Destinations : Vientiane
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