We recently visited the beautiful and seldom visited, Kingfisher Southern Laos. Even the flight in alone is enough to conjure up quaint images, as the propeller plane swoops into Pakse International Airport nestled between the jungle clad hills. Pakse is a sleepy market town lazing on the banks of the Mekong River, and the hopping off point for further explorations in the South. After a look around the town we set off South to the beautiful Kingfisher Eco Lodge which is situated in Champasak province about 1 hour 15 minutes south of Pakse. This quaint lodge consisting of several wooden bungalows is located adjacent to a village on the edge of the Ban Kiet Ngong Ramsar protected wetlands and Xi Pian protected area. It’s now green season and the water in the wetlands is well up, Buffaloes can be seen wading around in the reeds and water, it’s a great spot to base yourself for a couple of days of exploration, including the almost unknown Phu Asa and the much more popular ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phu. Kingfisher Southern Laos is the place to be.
After we head further south to the Laos Cambodia border and the beautiful 4,000 Islands where Francis Garnier and his team first encountered the magnificent raging rapids and impassable waterfalls during the 1860’s Mekong Expedition. Today, the islands are easily reached by boat and make for a peaceful stop. Highlights include a boat trip to try and spot the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins and the old French railway. There are a range of accommodation options to stay at on the islands, Don Khone is possibly our favourite with Don Det as an alternative with more of a party scene. Chill out for a couple of days and enjoy the slower pace of life before heading over the border to more adventures in Cambodia.