PAKSE / KHONE ISLAND / DON DAENG
Champassak, a tale of the Mekong, following Southern Laos Tours enable you to visit best of the southern Laos, however, as it might not be as popular as the north, but it boasts many historical sites as well as places of natural beauty, including the largest falls in Southeast of Asia. This five day tour allows you to discover the exotic charm of Southern Laos. The tour itinerary includes Tadlo, Boloven Plateau – Done Khong – Khong Island, Dong Daeng Khone Phapheng Waterfall and World Heritage Site , Vat Phou firmly anchored Champassak Province into world tourists’ itineraries.
This trip style emphasizes indeed the scenic and natural beauty of Laos, minimizing your time in big cities, yet balancing authenticity with the best available lodge accommodations and service. During this trip, you encounter various hill tribals that their life and traditions remains unchanged for centuries. Fun activities include trekking, natural walking, caving, boating, kayaking, elephant riding, and biking. We ensure this trip to Laos introduces you an exciting experience, a mix of natural, cultural and taste adventures, accentuated by exotic and off the beaten path places and lodges in Laos.
On arrival at Pakse Airport, you will be met and transferred to Tadlo, passing many charming villages and rolling hills. The deep contrast between the lush, green vegetation and the red surface of basaltic soil is an incredible thing to see as you pass along. You then stop at tea and coffee plantations, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. You explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village boasting a sacrificial altar. You arrive at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall in the afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure for stroll around, swim on the river, watch the elephant bath and enjoy sunset over your Lao beer. Also option of a short elephant ride to take in the beautiful scenery. Overnight at Tadlo Lodge
The scenic drive takes you to the former royal capital of Champasak, a gateway to the pre-Angkoran temple of Wat Phu. The hillside edifice was once an important sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. The temple structure was partly destroyed during the areas turbulent history, yet it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. You will follow the walkway from the lower to the upper section, which features various iconic forms, including Vishnu, Shiva and Kala. The temple upper ground also affords a spectacular view of the surrounding valley and the mighty Mekong River. You will then visit Wat Phou Museum and Oum Moung Temple. Then drive to the 4000 Islands and 30 minutes by boat from the central market to Done Khone Island, you reach the picturesque island of Don Khone by afternoon just enough to wath the sunet over the Mekong River
Following Southern Laos tours, we disembark at Don Khone for the option of exploring the island by bicycle, admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings and Liphi Waterfall or “the Corridor of the Devil”. Lunch at local restaurant. You also have the option of taking a local boat out to search for the rare freshwater dolphins that reside in this area of the Mekong. Return to Khone Island for overnight
Take a long tail boat boat to Khone and head back to the mainland. Visit Khone Phapheng waterfall, considered the largest by volume in South East Asia; this is a really impressive site near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Lunch during visits. Then continue to Don Daeng Island where you have the afternoon at leisure, to explore the island by bicycle, or relax. Overnight on Don Daeng Island
Free time at your own until you get transferred to the airport for departure flight. End of the Southern Laos Tours