Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Treetops and Tribes of the Bolaven Plateau, Laos (7 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Pakse, Laos To Pakse, Laos

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Treetops and Tribes of the Bolaven Plateau, Laos (7 days)


Day 1
Pakse, Laos
Champasak Grand Hotel Dinner

Arrive in Pakse, the third largest city in Laos, and check into your hotel-- we recommend either the Champasak Grand Hotel or the Champasak Palace Hotel. Spend the rest of this afternoon exploring the city before relaxing and enjoying dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant. Afterwards, stretch your legs with a stroll along the Mekong or Sedone rivers. Pakse is well known for its relaxed atmosphere and leisurely pace, and we encourage you to rest ahead of the next few days of challenging hikes and ziplining.

Day 2
Ban Nong Luang, Laos
Tree Top Explorer Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get an early start and begin your adventure by driving approximately one hour to the village of Ban Nong Luang. After arrival, take a stroll through the town and talk with some of the villagers to get an idea of what their daily lives are like in this remote part of Laos. Get to know your local guides as they brief you on safety procedures and equipment before setting out on your treetop excursion. Embark on a hike through aromatic coffee fields, fresh vegetable gardens, and steep ravines. Enjoy a breathtaking tour of the canopy on a walkway strung high above the forest floor. After passing Tiger and Kamet waterfalls and stopping for a swim, you will begin your ziplining adventure. After an incredible, if not long and tiring day, you will retire to your tree house, situated over 30 feet above the forest floor.

Day 3
Ban Nong Luang, Laos
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will wake up in the trees before enjoying breakfast ahead of a short hike to the first zipline. Enjoy the sounds and feeling of being deep in the forest. Your guide is an expert on the overhead canopy and will assist you as you navigate from line to line. Today's highlight will likely the the 400 meter flight between trees. After ziplining, enjoy a rest and refreshing swim in Red Rock Stream. Spend the night relaxing in your simple tree house accommodation.

Day 4
Paksong, Laos
Sinouk Coffee Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transition this morning from the forest canopy to the forest floor and enjoy a challenging hike uphill, passing massive trees and through rich forest. You will eventually reach a steep cliff face that would seem to be the end of the road for many. For you, it is merely another change of pace, as you will traverse the steep rock wall on a via feratta, a series of iron bolts and rungs implanted into the rock. It is a very safe and supremely thrilling experience. After another hike back to town, you will drive to Paksong in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau, an area well-known for its coffee production and export.  Spend this evening at Si Nouk Resort in Paksong.

Day 5
Sekong, Laos
Tida Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you will drive around 1 hour northeast towards the Vietnam border to Sekong, visiting an Alak village along the way. The Alak are an ethnic group of southern Laos who practice a form of animism. Their living situation is unique in that there are many smaller houses situated in a circular pattern around a central communal home. After spending time with the people living here, you will move on to your accommodation in Sekong to spend the night.

Day 6
Attapeu, Laos
Dokchampa Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the morning by taking a 1-hour drive south to Attapeu Province, where you will visit the Brao ethnic group, certainly one of the highlights of the trip. This unique ethnic minority has a rare preserved culture that not many tourists are able to experience. Another group that follows animistic beliefs, the Brao women are also unique in how they wear very large ivory earrings and tattoo their faces. Spend time here to get a feel for remote life in this region of Laos, close to the border with Vietnam. Spend tonight in Attapeu ahead of your transfer back to Pakse tomorrow.

Day 7
Pakse, Laos
None None

Rise early this morning to begin your 3-hour drive back to Pakse. Although the transfer is lengthy, it is not dull. You will have the opportunity to see dramatic landscapes and visit the Taoy villages along the way. The villages are composed of the Ban Lan Yao, Taian Ban and the Lan Yao Neau. After reaching Pakse, you will connect to your onward flight.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Explore the remote, lush, wild jungle of southern Laos from the treetops before spending time with some of the most remote villagers in southern Laos. Zipline high above the forest floor and trek through the forest as you look for some of the wildlife of the wilderness. Learn about the rare cultures of several ethnic minority tribes living in the remote areas. This seven-day itinerary takes you from Pakse and deep into the forest and surrounding villages of the Bolaven Plateau. This exhilarating holiday is full of adventure, nature and culture!


  • Breathe deeply as you stroll through aromatic coffee fields and later get to indulge in the popular beverage yourself

  • Enjoy ziplining through the jungle looking for local monkey species

  • Learn about the everyday lives of the remote tribes inhabiting the Bolaven Plateau.

  • Trek with a local guide below the canopy and listen to an expert teach you about the lush surroundings

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