Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Pakxé, Laos
Champasak Grand Hotel Lunch, Dinner

You'll start your 9-day luxury tour of Southern Laos in Pakse. This former administrative French colonial city is located at the junction of the Mekong and Xe Don rivers, and sports stunning water and mountain views. Home to ancient temples, French colonial architecture and lazy riverside restaurants, Pakse is a fantastic launch point for exploring the laid-back Southern Laos region. There is a selection of international hotels here – we recommend the Champasak Palace Hotel or the Champasak Grand Hotel.

Day 2
Pakxé, Laos
Champasak Grand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Bolaven Plateau that presides over Pakse is home to coffee plantations and today you'll embark upon an excursion to the village of Ban Katuu. Here, you'll get a glimpse of local coffee production and sample fresh Laos coffee. Next you'll also visit Talat Dao Heung Market located near the Japanese Bridge, where you can bargain for coffee and browse colorful stalls of spices, dried fish, fresh fruits and Laos sweets. In the evening, enjoy dinner in your choice of one of Pakse's diverse array of restaurants and head back to your hotel for the night.

Day 3
Pakxé, Laos
Champasak Grand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you'll visit another coffee plantation and explore another of the Bolaven Plateau's famous features: Tad Fane waterfall. Situated in dense rainforest, this waterfall has twin streams that plunge from a height of 800 feet. Next you'll drive to Tad Yeung waterfall positioned in a coffee plantation, to enjoy a swim in its cool, clear waters. Return to your Pakse hotel tonight.

Day 4
Champasak, Laos
La Folie Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Champasak today to visit the ancient ruins of Wat Phu. Older than Angkor Wat by almost 500 years, these ruins offer insight into the region's cultural heritage and still function today as a Buddhist worship site. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features intricate stone carvings bearing Hindu deities and moss-covered remains of shrines and courtyards. After exploring the site you'll make your way to La Folie Lodge, on the banks of the Mekong. La Folie Lodge's wooden bungalows offer fantastic water, garden and mountain views.    

Day 5
Champasak, Laos
La Folie Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today intrepid travelers can enjoy a home-stay in the river communities of Don Daeng. This area in the Mekong comprises more than 4,000 islands of various sizes, characterized by their laid-back pace the rustic wooden bungalows that inhabit them. By staying overnight in Don Daeng, you'll get a rare glimpse of river life by staying with a fisherman's family, touring a local school and meeting village elders. You'll eat with the family, enjoying a traditional local meal of papaya salad (som tum), sticky rice and grilled fish.

Day 6
Don Khong, Laos
Auberge Sala Don Khone Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The tiny island of Don Khone is your destination today. Measuring only 1.5 by 2.5 miles, this sleepy village sports thatch-roof huts and swaying palms, as well as a selection of old colonial buildings.  Take a tour of the colonial holdovers today, visiting old French villas and the narrow gauge railway that was constructed during World War II. Check into the Auberge Sala Don Khone tonight, a beautiful riverfront property that boasts a restored French colonial house and a floating restaurant offering wide views of the Mekong.

Day 7
Don Khong, Laos
Auberge Sala Don Khone Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There's only one way to really explore the waters surrounding Don Khone and that's by kayak. Today you can do just that with the assistance of a local guide who can show you where the calmest and most picturesque waterways are. Alternatively, you take to the river with an experienced kayaker and tackle some of its more challenging eddies and rapids. In the afternoon, you'll take a local boat ride to spot Irrawaddy dolphins. Numbers of Irrawaddy dolphins in the area are critically low, but tourism drives support to conserve these friendly creatures, who can most typically be seen at the southern tip of the island. Return to your resort in Don Khone tonight.    

Day 8
Don Khong, Laos
Auberge Sala Don Khone Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you'll visit nearby islands, and take a day-trip to the silk weaving village of Ban Saphai. Ban Saphai is the historic capital of weaving in Champasak and it's here where you'll get a demonstration in "mut mee" weaving from local craftspeople and have the chance to pick up a traditional shoulder sash or skirt. Afterwards, explore the islands at your leisure by bicycle – the islands' most popular form of transport. Return to your resort on the riverside in Don Khone tonight.

Day 9
Pakse, Laos
None Breakfast

Today you'll return to Pakse for your international departure flight.

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Description

Explore beautiful Southern Laos in this 9-day luxury journey through sleepy cities, coffee plantations, temple ruins and river villages. You'll enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, visiting the stunning Tad Fane waterfall, with its dizzying drop, and taking a dip in the pools of Tad Yeung. In the 4,000 Islands, enjoy the laid-back pace of Don Khone island and Don Daeng island, exploring local villages, and getting an inside peak into local Lao culture.


Highlights


  • Visit coffee plantations to sample the local beans

  • Explore the ancient ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phu

  • Enjoy a stay on the banks of the Mekong on Don Daeng Island

  • Kayak and cruise along the Mekong, spotting Irrawaddy dolphins

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