Starting in the charming riverside town of Champasak, this tour takes you through some of the more remote areas of southern Laos, meeting rarely encountered hilltribes en route, to the Vietnam border.
Day 1: Pakse - Champasak (B/L/-)
Arrival in Pakse.
Passing the formalities, and welcome by your guide. Then we will go for lunch at Nadao before heading to the Pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Phou. Drive from Pakse and travel on a wonderful local ferry over the Mekong River to Champassak. Here we visit the sacred Khmer temple of Wat Phu. This complex represents the most eastern border of the Khmer Empire in the 4th century. Later in the afternoon check in at your hotel.
Overnight in Champasak
Day 2: Champasak – Bolaven tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive towards Paksong. Visit of Tad Fane Waterfalls and then Coffee workshop & lunch at Mr Coffee place (the only Wifi place in the Boloven).
In the afternoon, we will drive to the Tad Lo Resort. Visit of Salavan (25km) where you could meet the MAG-UXO team and learn about landmine clearance in Laos (subject to availability of the staff). Then, we will head towards our resort for the night.
Overnight at Tad Lo Resort
Day 3: Bolaven tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast, visit the area and the several waterfalls in the vicinity of the lodge: Tad Lo, Tad Hang & Tad Suong. You will be able to enjoy some free time to swim at the falls. Lunch will be hold at the resort.
In the afternoon, ride to Thatheng where you will visit some mulberries farms and learn more on silk production in Laos. Our journey will be mainly focused to visit some ethnic village along the 20km long laterite road that runs between Thatheng and Ban Beng. This road passes through several ethnic villages: Katu, Alak, Lavens. Should be lucky we will be able to meet some of them with tattoos on their bodies. Then ride to Sinouk Resort at Ban Lakkhao.
Overnight at Sinouk Resort
Day 4: Bolaven – Sekong – Attapeu (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we will pursue towards Sekong. Along the way, we will stop in some ethnic villages, and stop at several waterfalls close to Sekong, on the edge of the Bolovens Plateau: Tad Hia, Tad Faek & Tad Se Noi. Picnic lunch will be organized there, possibility to relax and to swim. Then we will enter right in the heart of the Plateau to watch one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, in the middle of the jungle at Nam Tok Katamtok, into an unspoiled and pristine area. It’s just impressive.
Then pursue towards Attapeu
Overnight in Attapeu
Day 5: Attapeu – departure towards Vietnam (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, then drive towards Vietnam. After around 35km, you will pass the Nam Pa River and reach the village of Paam where you will meet the recent history of the region along the Ho Chi Minh Trail where you still can see some remnants of the second Indochina war with some Russian military equipments. Arrival at the overland border crossing point of Phou Khoua/ Bo Y (Attention no visa on arrival in Vietnam, you should have it before). Your guide will help you to cross the border and reach the Vietnamese side.
From US$649.00 per person (low season price based on 2 people travelling together)
¥ Accommodation at selected hotels, based on twin/ double occupancy with daily breakfast. Single occupancy must add the supplement single
¥ Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle
¥ Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L= Lunch)
¥ English speaking guide (local guide, one guide one place)
¥ All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
¥ All permissions and local taxes
¥ Refreshing tissue during the transfer
¥ Visas and stamps in Laos: visa available at the border (30 US$ to 45 US$ per person depending on nationality, + one passport sized picture + overtime fees; passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond travelling dates. Subject to change without prior notice from local authorities).
¥ Domestics and International flights and taxes.
¥ International flights
¥ Drinks, tips, personal expenses (such as internet, laundry, but not limited to)
¥ Travel insurances
¥ Banking fees
¥ Any other services, meals not mentioned in the proposal