A Private Tour in Southern Laos Including Former French Colonial Coffee Plantations
- Drive to the Bolaven Plateau exploring coffee and tea plantations
- Visit the incredible waterfalls Tad Lo, Tad Fan, and Tad E-Tu
- Drive to Champasak to explore French colonial historic sites
- Visit the world heritage site of Wat Phou
- Overnight at The River Resort, Champassak (or alternate)
- Visit Ban Khiet Ngong & Elephant ride to Mount Asa
- Ferry to Don Khong Island to explore and overnight on the island
- The day to explore 4000 Islands by long-tail boat
- Visit Li Phi Falls and perhaps see the famous Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins
- Visit French colonial historic sites
- Overnight on Khone island
- Visit the incredible Khon Phapeng Waterfall
- Return to Pakse or on to the Laos-Cambodia border
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
Upon arrival we will drive to the Bolaven Plateau, located between the Annamite Mountain Range, which runs along Laos’ eastern border with Vietnam, and the Mekong River to the west. The renowned coffee of Lao PDR is produced in this region. During colonization, the French promoted the production of high quality Arabica and Robusta strains. Production declined during the war years, but is now experiencing a renaissance. The climate of the plateau with its cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall makes it the perfect place for coffee production.
Enjoy the greenery and splendid views of the several cascading waterfalls we will pass, including the famous Tad Lo and Tad Fan. Our tour will end near another waterfall, Tad E-Tu. Overnight in Tad E-Tu Resort.
Following breakfast, we will drive from the Bolaven Plateau down into the Mekong plain and visit the town of Champasak, where we’ll explore the French colonial architecture dotting the town. Further south, we reach the ancient Khmer temple complex of Wat Phou. The first temple on the site was built as early as the 5th century, though the current ruins are from the 11th to 13th centuries. This complex was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001. We return to Champassak in the late afternoon; you have free leisure time for a leisure stroll along the bank of the mighty Mekong River. Overnight in Champassak.
We cross the river again to drive eastwards to the little village of Ban Khiet Ngong, where we will take an elephant ride to Mount Asa a small mountain area which was used as a worshipping place offering great views over the surrounding national protected area of “Xe Pian”. Later in the afternoon we’ll take a scenic drive and then a ferry to Don Khong. This island is one of the larger permanent islands in the ‘Si Pan Don’ (4000 Islands) area. Overnight on Don Khong.
Early in the morning we’ll explore the 4000 islands area (Si Pan Don) a simply amazing landscape created by the majestic Mekong River, “the mother of all waters”.
Here, the Mekong River is at its widest. During the rainy season it stretches up to 12 km across. When the waters recede, many small islands emerge, literally thousands of them. It is from this phenomenon that the region takes its name.
From the distance you can hear the unmistakable roar of the Li Phi falls, which we will visit. These falls are famous for the Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins that swim nearby. Ban Hang Khone is one of the rare places on earth to spot these endangered mammals. We’ll also see the old locomotive and a railway and colonial bridge built by the French in order to avoid navigating the rapids and waterfalls that abound on this section of the Mekong.
We stay on Khone island for the night.
After crossing the Mekong yet again, we reach the famous cascade falls of Khon Phapeng, where we will stop for a visit to enjoy the majestic view on the truly stunning masses of water roaring in front of you. Take in the extraordinary beauty of the scenery and landscape around you; there is lots of opportunity for photo-snaps here. Lunch in a nearby restaurant and then we will continue our journey northwards back to Pakse, or further on to the border of Laos & Cambodia.
End of Services for this tour.
Good to Know
Getting in and out of Southern Laos
Visitors from ASEAN countries and Russia, Korea, Japan and Switzerland can enter Laos without a visa. Everyone else has to apply for a visa issued by a Laos embassy or consulate or get a visa on arrival which is available at major entry points including airports and at the border to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The two international airports in Southern Laos are Savannakhet and Pakse. Lao Airlines connects Pakse to Bangkok, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam while Savannakhet is connected to Bangkok.
Travelers from Cambodia can enter southern Laos at the Voeung Kam – Dom Kralor border. From Vietnam, travelers can use the Cau Treo Nam Phao border crossing in central Laos, or the Lao Bao Dansavanh border crossing and Ngoc Hoi – Bo Y border crossing in southern Laos. For visitors entering southern Laos from Thailand, the most convenient land crossing is the Chong Mek/Vang Tao, accessible with buses leaving from Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand. There is also a crossing at Mukdahan Savannakhet
All travelers should have an entry visa to Laos valid for the duration of their stay prior to their arrival and carry a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Laos. Passenger’s passport should have at least 2 blank pages on arrival to Laos. These websites for Canada and USA are convient for purchasing your Laos entry visa. VisaHQ also has operations in Europe, UK and Australia. Allow about one week for visa processing on these websites. You can also do visa on arrival in Laos.
Terms & Conditions
Booking the Tour:
- Minimum 2 persons per booking
- Suggest booking a minimum of 6 weeks in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30)
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Single Supplement Fee:
The single supplement fee is the additional amount that a single traveler pays over and above the price per person for groups of 2 or more. This being a private tour makes it very expensive for one person. Please ask us for a quote if you would like to travel solo.
We strongly recommend that you buy your own personal trip cancellation insurance for your own protection. You should also buy insurance coverage appropriate for medical, travel coverage and personal liability which should include travel repatriation. The tour operator or tour agent cannot be held responsible for personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance coverage
Refund / Cancellation Policy:
Guest cancellations must be in writing by eamil. Phone calls will not be accepted.
• 30 to 15 days before arrival date - refund less 30% of tour price
• 14 to 7 days before arrival date - refund less 50% of tour price
• 6 to 1 days before arrival date or on arrival - forfeit 100% of tour price
• no show and cancellation on day of departure - forfeit 100% of tour price
Changes to Tour:
The tour operator or tour guide may have to make changes to the services or the itineray as a result of such variables as weather conditions, political situations, road conditions and other unforseen circumstances.
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