The Lonely Planet describes South Laos as thus. Near the Cambodian border, the Mekong awakes from its slumber, slams into Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) and disintegrates into a series of churning rapids. Downstream, a dwindling pod of rare Irrawaddy dolphins seek solace in a peaceful eddy. Upstream, an expanding pod of travellers find their own solace in the hammock-strewn bungalows and tree top houses
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Arrive in Vientiane to be received and accompanied to the hotel. A quick check-in and freshening-up later, sit back and enjoy a guided tour to all the main attractions of the city – the Wats, the museum and the historical monuments. Most of all just feel the vibe of this beautiful city pulsing with a curious mixture of the old and the new.
Just chill and soak in the city and sunset at the promenade that offers a wide range of restaurants and clubs
Drive to the Tad Xay Waterfall near Ban Hathkai while enjoying the views across Nam Mang River. Trek towards the river, kayak to Ban Hatkhai and rest your weary bones – stay overnight in a Laotian home.
While with the Laotian family in their home, don’t miss the opportunity to interact with these warm, simple people – will be quite an eye-opener to their culture and life-view we assure you…
Tad Leuk Waterfall
Drive to the forest and trek upto the stunning view at the Tad Leuk Waterfall. Trek further along Nam Leuk river enjoying the beautiful orchids. Cross Tad Sang (Elephant Waterfall) and stay overnight at Paksan – we assure you, you will be a very tired person, but exhilarated with the experience…
Don’t forget to take a bath and swim in the waterfall and its lake… They say it relieves aches and pains – we can vouch for that…
Drive through the towering mountains of Khammouane to the Lao Loum village of Ban Na Hin. Trek back to Ban Na Hin and stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
It’s a moderate trek, but beware of elephant sightings that can be thrilling as well as scary…
Drive to the mouth of the cave, and take a boat ride through the cave itself. Travelling from one side of a mountain to the other through a cave cutting through the mountain isn’t an easily forgettable experience… that too in a boat! Walk on the other side of the cave to Ban Nathan village. Enjoy kayaking at the cave through a blue lagoon and drive to Thakhek for overnight stay.
Ask for the walking section where you can wade through the river in the middle of the mountain!
Visit the Buddha cave where hundreds of bronze and gold-plated Buddha images have been sitting on naturally formed, terraced rock rims for last 600 years. Drive through That Ing Hang and Heun Hin and stay overnight at Champassak.
Giant Kamet Falls
Hike through the coffee plantations towards the green forests, and get ready for the Zip lines at the giant Kamet Falls. Enjoy the sensation of being weightless and truly one with nature. Let your adrenaline rush come to a maximum. Retire into a tree house almost 10 meters above the ground.
Savour the experience – this is the closest you will get to being Tarzan…
Be ready for extended flights through the jungle with the longest zip-line of 400 meters, and a small trek through the forest. Stay overnight at Champassak.
Trek through the Bolaven Plateau which is home to many tea and coffee plantations and also enjoy the amazing rock formations of Xing Sai Limestones. Continue to trek to Tad Fan and Tad Yeung Waterfall. Stay overnight at Pakse.
Bolaven Plateau is located in an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago. A motorcycle trip through the Plateau is a rewarding experience
Wat Phou Ngoy
Embark downstream on a long tail-boat to Champassak town and visit Wat Phou Ngoy on the way. Continue the boat ride through the mythical 4000 Islands
Try the fresh coconut juice on the island, and enjoy the sunset in the island.
A short excursion to the old colonial French bridge and the French-built embankment. Take a boat ride to see one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Drive through some amazing waterfalls to reach your hotel in Pakse.
Understand the story behind the Colonial era railway and bridge around Khone Phapheng falls. You may also get some nuggets around the role of the waterfall in trapping evil spirits.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home… with long-lasting memories of 11 days spent in the midst of raw, wild and beautiful nature that will last long… we don’t know about you, but we ended up promising ourselves that we’d be back soon…