This spectacular trip takes in all the highlights the stunning southern Laos has to offer by enjoying the highs of the Bolaven Plateau all the way down to the infamous 4,000 islands on the Cambodian border. Along the way visiting a local homestay and witnessing the beauty of the Ban Kiet Ngong wetlands from the tranquil Kingfisher Ecolodge.
Bolaven Plateau Full Day Tour – Transfer to Ban Kiet Ngong
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Ban Kiet Ngong – Village Trekking
Tented Forest Camp
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Village Trekking – Ban Kiet Ngong
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Ban Kiet Ngong – Don Khone – 4,000 islands
Sala Done Khone Hotel
Don Khone – Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins spotting – Khone Phapheng Warterfall – Pakse Departure
Fixed Departure Dates 2019 – 2020:
21 Oct 2019
9 Dec 2019
20 Apr 2020
Number of group: 2 -12 persons
Validity of price: May 2019 – Apr 2020
Adventure grade / Fitness: Easy – Moderate
Singles Joining: If you are joining a trip as a solo traveler please add the single supplement of $210 to the trip price. If you are willing to share a room please let us know and we will do our best to find someone for you to share with, we will inform you before finalizing the final payment of the trip.
Day 1: Pakse Arrival – Transfer to Bolaven Plateau (Own tickets)
Upon arrival at Pakse Airport after the scenic landing, meet your guide and proceed to transfer out of town and up the winding road to the Bolaven Plateau, up here the air is much cooler. Settle in and stay overnight on the plateau.
Day 2: Bolaven Plateau Full Day Tour – Transfer to Ban Kiet Ngong
Formed by an ancient volcano and famous for its coffee and tea plantations, the Bolaven Plateau is home to a number of tribal villages. Today we will visit waterfalls including Tad Fane and Tad Lo, we will visit a tea and coffee plantation later in the day to find out why this area is so famous for growing these crops. Later we transfer to the tranquil Kingfisher Ecolodge for our overnight stay.
It is recommended that guests wear proper walking attire for the visits to the waterfalls as these areas can be slippery at times.
Day 3: Ban Kiet Ngong – Forest Trekking
After a hearty breakfast at the Lodge depart directly from the lodge on a trek that will take you deep inside the Xe Pian tropical forest and up to the archeological site of Phou Asa with its panoramic views. Spend the day exploring the forest before settling in for the night in a tented camp and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by our guides.
Trekking Distance: Approximately 12km
Day 4: Forest Trekking – Ban Kiet Ngong
This morning your guides will prepare breakfast for you, after breakfast we will walk to a viewpoint and have a short break before continuing to our picnic point at Mak Fang, after a delightful picnic and rest we walk back through the forest back to the lodge. Tonight enjoy a Lao style dinner in our private Sala.
Trekking Distance: Approximately 14km
Day 5: Ban Kiet Ngong – Don Khone – 4,000 islands
This morning we leave Kingfisher and head south to 4,000 islands. Board a long-tail boat out to the island of Don Khone nestled in the heart of the Mekong River. This afternoon explore the island on foot and take in the Liphi Falls as well as learn about the history of the area and some of its old French colonial buildings, railway and Pier. Enjoy the slower pace of life as the sun sets over the Mekong River with a cool drink in hand.
Walking Distance: Approximately 7km
Day 6: Don Khone – Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins spotting – Khone Phapheng Warterfall – Pakse Departure (Own tickets)
This morning, cruise the Mekong River in search of the rare freshwater Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins. With some luck we will spot the dolphins while taking in the beautiful landscape in this section of the river on the Cambodian border. Visit the enormous Khone Phapheng Waterfall before transferring back to Pakse
Experienced English speaking local guides.
Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodation in twin/double shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
01 night camping.
Basic first aid kit.
International flight to /from Pakse.
Visas where required.
Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out. This is for guidance only.
Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.