Overview

Come to Southern Laos. Cruise along the backwaters of the Mekong River through a labyrinth of islands that conceal ancient temples and legends behind a canopy of lush evergreen forest. Visit remote villages in the Bolaven Plateau where ethnic communities practise the ancient customs and trades of their ancestors even today. Spot friendly freshwater dolphins on a cruise towards the Cambodian border. Experience the serenity of rural Lao life on the car-free island of Dong Daeng. Visit spectacular waterfalls that dominate the topography of southern Laos, cascading at various points along the Mekong. Our Laos Southern Delights Tour is a special trip taking you to some of the most beautiful and pristine parts of the country. This is as much a geographical journey as a spiritual one taking you to the hinterlands of Laos, away from the distractions of city life to get in touch with your senses. 

6 Nights 7 Days 14 Dec, 15 Dec, 16 Dec, and more Pakse Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Hotel accommodation (as specified in itinerary)
  • All meals (as specified in itinerary)
  • Airport transfers and all local transport in luxury sedan
  • All boat/ferry transfers
  • Elephant ride to Phu Asa

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any meal not specified in itinerary
  • Air travel
  • Personal purchases including alcohol, medicines, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional services/hotel amenities like massage, bicycle rental etc.
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Visit the 6th century relics of Wat Phu Temple
  • Trek through dense forest on elephant-back to reach Phu Asa Temple
  • Spot freshwater dolphins near Vuem Kham
  • Experience Lao rural life at an island resort in Dong Daeng
  • Visit tribal villages and interact with locals in the Bolaven Plateau
Itinerary
Day 1 (Arrival in Pakse- Wat Phu- Khong Island) (-, -, D)
  • Arrive at Pakse Airport where our staff will receive you. Our first destination is the former royal capital of Champasak. Drive in our luxury sedan to reach the pier and enjoy complimentary wet towels and mineral water bottles on the way.
  • At the pier, board a traditional long-tailed riverboat for a 1.5 hour cruise on the Mekong River. On reaching Champasak, continue by car to the legendary Wat Phu Temple. This pre-Angkorian temple dates back to a period between the 6th and 13th centuries and has been a UNESCO- designated World Heritage Site since 2002. Wat Phu is situated on the side of a hill and offers breathtaking views of the Mekong. Discover the intriguing history behind this ancient temple, and find out why it may have been a site for human sacrifice. Wat Phu was later converted into a Buddhist temple but some original sculptures of Hindu deities Shiva, Vishnu and Kala have survived and can be seen along the temple lintels.
  • From here, we will drive to Ban Hatsaykhoune and then take another ferry to Khong Island in the picturesque Siphandone or Four Thousand Islands region. Experience the very best of rural Lao life in Khong with its quaint fishing villages, serene monasteries and virgin forests.
  • Check into a hotel on the island and spend the night here.
Day 2 (Khong Island- Ban Khone- Khong Island) (B, L, D)
  • Have breakfast at the hotel and then set off for a relaxing cruise along the backwaters of Siphandone, to explore the hidden labyrinths of the Four Thousand Islands. The Mekong River stretches for 4350 kilometres from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. Every year during monsoons the river swells to its widest breadth of 14 kilometres in the Siphandone region. When the water recedes, it invariably leaves behind thousands of big and small islands and islets.
  • We will visit the two surrounding islands of Don Som and Don Det and see how local fishermen lead their daily lives.
  • From here we will make our way to Don Khone Island and have lunch at a local restaurant in Ban Khone. Enjoy traditional Lao cuisine using the freshest produce straight from the river!
  • After lunch, trek along the historic railway track of the island built by the French in 1897 to avoid tumultuous rapids while transporting goods from Cambodia. Next, we will visit the Somphamit waterfall believed to be one of the most spectacular falls in Southeast Asia. The multiple cascades of Somphamit make it a sight to behold. Locally known as Li Phi the falls are believed to be a trap for evil spirits.
  • Finally, we make our way to Vuem Kham and sail upstream for 20 minutes in a local boat to a place where you can spot freshwater dolphins. The dolphins are very friendly and used to human presence and swim around freely around the boat and make no attempt to get away. This is a wonderful experience of watching these gentle animals in their natural habitat. Make sure to carry your cameras to get some close shots.
  • After the full day’s outing we will return to our hotel in Khong Island.
Day 3 (Khong Island- Khone Papheng Waterfall- Phu Asa- Dong Daeng) (B, L, D)
  • Today we get an early start and visit the oldest temple of Khong Island, the Vat Hangkhong.
  • Next, we take a boat to Ban Nakasang and visit the beautiful Khone Papheng waterfall with the biggest cascade on the Mekong River. The cascade which is 6 metres wide at this point was created by a fault line and the force of the water has formed several gorges through the river’s bedrock.
  • Next, we will visit the Ban Khiet Ngong village and have lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Post lunch we embark on a 2-hour elephant-back trek to the Phu Asa Temple tucked away in the wilderness.
  • In the late afternoon we make our way to the beautiful Don Daeng Island. This charming ‘car-free’ island is the perfect picture of Lao country life.
  • We check into the La Folie Lodge on the island which will be our home for the next couple of days.  
Day 4 (Don Daeng Island) (B, L, D)
  • There is no fixed itinerary for today. Have a relaxed breakfast at the hotel and then spend the rest of the day doing as you please. You can explore the island on bicycle or enjoy the amenities at the resort. Take in the calm and serenity of the surroundings and practice yoga or meditation during the day. This is a great place to get in touch with your inner self and shut out the outside world and all its distractions. Enjoy some authentic Lao dishes and get an insight into traditional Lao life in the country.
Day 5 (Don Daeng to Pakse) (B, L, D)
  • Today we leave the pristine settings of Dong Daeng and make our way back to Pakse. Have a leisurely breakfast at the resort and then transfer by boat and car to Pakse. We reach by lunchtime and check into the hotel.
  • After lunch we will explore Pakse by tuk tuk. Our first stop is the Wat Luang, considered the most enchanting temple in Pakse. The famous Buddhist monk school Wat Phabad is also located here. Lord Buddha is believed to have left His footprint on Wat Phabad.
  • Our tour of the city continues with a visit to the local shops where you can pick up souvenirs to take back home.
  • Our city tour ends with dinner at a local restaurant in Pakse after which we return to the hotel.
Day 6 (Pakse- Tadlo- Pakse) (B, L, D)
  • Have an early breakfast at the hotel and drive to Tadlo, located 90 kilometres away on the northern perimeter of the Bolaven Plateau. Tadlo is noted as an eco- friendly resort near the Xeset Waterfall. The Bolaven Plateau was formed by a volcano and is home to various tribal groups who practice ancient customs and rituals in remote villages in the region.
  • On the way we will visit the tribal Lao village of Houeihoun, that is home to the Katou people. The tribe earn their living from forest products. Interact with the villagers and get an insight into their homes and daily lives.
  • Next, we continue to Tadlo resort and stop here for lunch. After this we make our way back to Pakse stopping to visit a few other villages on the way home to tribes like the Alack and Kaleum. The Bolaven Plateau is also famous for its sprawling tea and coffee plantations.
  • We will visit one such tea or coffee garden for a rest stop and sample the day’s brew before heading to the beautiful Tad Fane Waterfall. The twin falls of Tad Fane come crashing down the side of a cliff from an elevation of 100 metres. The surrounding landscape is a tropical paradise of lush green and is part of a national park home to several species of wild animals and birds. Spend some time near the falls before heading back to Pakse.
  • We reach the hotel in the early evening. Your last night of the tour is celebrated with an exotic farewell dinner of Lao delicacies.
Day 7 (Pakse Departure) (B, -, -)
  • Have a leisurely breakfast before checking out of your hotel. Our car will pick you up and drive you to Pakse Airport where the tour comes to an end and you can continue your onward journey. 
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Directions.
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