Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
Price from: $198
Day 1: Arrival - Pakse - Tadlo (-/-/-)
On arrival at Pakse airport, you will be met and transferred to Tadlo past many charming villages and rolling hills. The deep contrast of lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil is incredible all along the way. We make stopover at the scenic Phasoume Waterfall and a nearby Katu village. We arrive at Tadlo by mid or late afternoon and spend time to relax at Tadlo Waterfalls or simply stroll around a nearby charming village. Overnight in Tadlo
Day 2: Tadlo – Boloven Plateau – Done Khong – Khong Island (B/-/-)
The views of stumbling water and lush vegetation around the waterfall is nothing short of spectacular. We depart Tadlo village and travel overland across the Boloven Plateau toward Khong Island. This back road gives a chance to discover the real southern Laos as we drive past many lush plantations, rolling hills and peacefull villages. We make stop enroute to observe the traditional making of coffee and possibly get a taste. On arrival in Khong Island we embark a boat venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River from where thousands of islets hut out in dry season, giving this area a lovely name “Si Phan Done”. The longtail boat passes Done Ket and Done Som before it races across the water towards the peaceful island of Done Khone. We stroll through Ban Khone village to explore different local lifestyle close up and some relics of the French colonial period. Upon leaving this area we cruise upstream and admire the impressive sunset over the mighty Mekong River. Overnight in Khong Island.
Day 3: Khong Island – Done Phapheng – Watphou - Pakse (B/-/-)
Upon leaving Khong Island we make our way south to visit Khone Phapheng Waterfall which boast the largest one in Southeast Asia. The scenic drive deliver us to the former royal capital of Champasak, a gateway to the pre-angkorian temple of Wat Phu. This hillside edifice was once an important sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. The templr structure was partly destroyed in turbulent history however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. We follow the walkway from the lore to the upper section, which features various forms including Vishnu, Shiva and Kala. The temple upper ground also affords a spectacular views from the surrounding valley to the mighty Mekong River. We visit Wat Phou Museum and Oum Moung temple before we travel by roads to Pakse, past scenic countryside. Overnight in Pakse.
Day 4: Pakse - Vientiane (B/-/-)
The bustling town of Paske is ideally located at the confluence of the Mekong and Xedone Rivers therefore it is a gateway to southern region and nearby plateau. Today we enjoy a short walking tour to explore this riverside town before we travel by air to Vientiane. On arrival you are greeted by our guide and driven to hotel. We start out half day tour with Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. Close to his masterwork is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Afterwards, we continue driving to the Patouxai. This imposing monument stading in Lane Xang Avenue, is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe and provides a stunning views of the city. We round off our day with a visit to the great sacred masterpiece and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 5: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
The morning central market in the heart of Vientiane, sells a wide away of local treasures. We include this famous trading center in a walking tour around the town center before we board a flight to Luang Prabang. The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains an unique charm rarely found in all Asia. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the Srilankalese styled temple of That Marko, the shrine of Wat Aham and the five tiered roof Wat Mai. We visit these sites in a half day guided tour and empark on a climb up to Phousi Hill for a beautiful panorama view from the town center and the mighty Mekong River. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Today we continue seeing this charming town with the famous Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes, doorways and marvelous tree life mosaic pattern on an outer wall, representing the ancient temple architecture of Luang Prabang. We board a boat for a leisurely trip on the Mekong River, stopping en route at Ban Xang hai to visit the distillation of potent local rice wine. Upon leaving this riverside village we wave our way through he stunning mountain landscape to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. They are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devout weaving village of the Tai Lue people who used to make royal silk weaving textiles for the Lao former royal family. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang - departure (B/-/-)
Leisure until transfer to Luang Prabang airport in time for your departure flight.
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