You arrival in Pakse around 6 am in the morning, marking the beginning of a once in a life time experience on top of the trees which you can be sure to remember forever! You will start the day with a good breakfast before we head to the meeting point in Pakse to start the Tree Top Explorer tour.
We arrive in Ban Nong luang after a 1 hour drive. You may want to stroll through the village and chat with the local people. The lack of English skills is massively outweighed by their friendliness. Here, you also be met by the village guides who will accompany you for the next three days in the jungle. They first of all give you important safety instructions. We then hike through coffee plantations and small vegetable gardens until wild semi-evergreen forest gradually takes over. The trail winds down for a while, at some stretches quite steeply, passing ravines with beautiful waterfalls and crossing flower-studded plateaus. Along the way, the guides explain the plants traditionally used in the village kitchen or as herbal medicine.
The first challenge is a breath-taking canopy walkway in the heights of the trees and across a steep river valley. The trek continues by passing the huge Tad Seua (Tiger waterfall) and leading soon after to the giant “Kamet‟ fall (name of a monkey), where the water plunges more than 100 m down into the valley. It is a relatively narrow, densely forested basin, with waterfalls seemingly everywhere. Here the zip-lines start and the real thrill is taking its course. Brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime! Depending on the time, you may immediately prove your boldness by taking on the introductory, smaller cables. Or take a rest first on one of the platforms high up in the trees.
You are invited for a comfortable lunch in the wilderness and/or may go down to explore the secrets of the area or take a cooling swim – if the temptation to master the unbelievable zip-lines right away is not stronger. The cables crisscross the valley in front of the majestic waterfall, letting you feel the stunning height and the cold spray of the water. Enjoy the sensation of being weightless and one with nature. Let your adrenaline rush come to a maximum. It’s joy, sheer joy!
After a day of great activity, we finally settle for the night in the picturesque tree house camp. For dinner, local food and absolutely delicious barbecues are on the unwritten menu. Chatting and recollecting the gorgeous experiences, or just relaxing under the stars and dreaming about the wonders of life, we finally retire into our own tree house almost 10 m above ground. These traditional houses, made of wood, bamboo and grass, can only be reached by a (short) zip-line. Bathrooms near the restaurant offer a refreshing shower even with hot water if you want, environment-friendly generated by tiny hydro-electric devices. With no doubt, you’ll instantly fall into a cozy sleep shrouded by the fiddling sound of the forest crickets.