Explore Champasak and Bolaven Plateau

- A Secret Retreats journey -
6 days / 5 nights
from 1,340 USD /person

 

ITINERARY BOOK
 


This journey has been personally designed Touny,
who is born in Laos and likes to share her favourite spots across the country and her knowledge and passion for the nature and history around the mysticMekong River

This itinerary is a more classic exploration of the Southern part of Laos, starting with the Bolaven Plateau and its magic waterfalls, just like if water was falling from the sky in the middle of the jungle. Then from Champasak where the hotel is located, you will also explore the old colonial town, Don Khone for the 4,000 famous islands of the lower Mekong, sometimes by boat, by 4WD or by bicycle. A slow journey around the Mekong, source of food and water, social center for the settlements along its banks, the river plays an essential role in the life of People in Laos – it is also called locally” The Mother of Waters”.

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Your Journey Day by Day

6 days / 5 nights from 1,340 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room

 
Day 1 : Pakse Airport - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Pakse Airport in the morning, your English-speaking guide will be welcoming you before starting a day to discover the Bolaven Plateau, renowned for its pleasant micro-climate and the fertility of the soil. You set off for Tad Lo to enjoy its cool temperatures and the beauty of its three waterfalls. On the way to Tad Lo, you stop at one of the tea & coffee plantations on the plateau. You stop to visit a village of the Katou ethnic group before taking your lunch (not included) at Tad Lo. In the afternoon, you set off for the River Sayxet and the village of Nge De Khiang Tad Soung. At the end of the afternoon, you arrive at Tadfane and its impressive waterfall formed from two sources over 200m high - the highest falls in Laos. Continue to Champasak to check in at your hotel in the old town.
No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Bassac Residence
Day 2 : Champasak (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you attend an introduction of the origins of the Khmer temples of the region as well as the vestiges of the colonial provided by a French architect who worked for several years with the office of Wat Phou (office in charge of the protection of the heritage under the umbrella of UNESCO).
After this introduction, an Everest 4WD will be waiting for you to leave to discover a Khmer site isolated and only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. This is the Ban That (That Sam Pang) site. After exploring this little-known site, you will back to Champasak for the lunch (not included). After lunch you take the short drive to the famous site of Wat Phou. The second UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos, it dates from the 5th or 6th century at the beginning of the Chenla dynasty. It is older and smaller than the temples of Angkor and exudes a magical ambiance. For the first 1,000 years of its existence, the temple was a spiritual site for followers of Hindu and then transformed into a sacred place for followers of Theravada Buddhism. You can visit the museum before climbing the steps to the temple. You return to your hotel at the end of the afternoon and have time to relax before dinner.
No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Bassac Residence
Day 3 : Champasak – Done Daeng (B/-/-)
After the breakfast, you cross the Mekong to discover Done Daeng by bicycle. This beautiful island is located just across the Mekong River from Champasak. The tranquil environment is the perfect place to take a bicycle ride or stroll along tree-lined paths. You can stop along the way to try fresh fruit, coconut or sugar cane juice. Visit Buddhist temples, an ancient forest stupa located in the middle of the island, or walk along rice fields, as buffaloes, cows, and goats cross your path. Greet the local villagers as they slowly drive by on motorbikes or old mini tractors called “doc doc” or stand on one of the beaches and go for a swim. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in one of the eight villages found on this 8km long island. Back to Champasak and relax.. Lunch and dinner at leisure.
HOTEL: Bassac Residence
Day 4 : Champasak (B/-/-)
After your breakfast, you will cruise on the Mekong River. Your river adventure starts on to Vat Phanon Sim and the Vat Muang Kang bookstore. Vat Muang Kang is one of the oldest active temples in southern Laos, dating back to the 19th century. Its architectural style is quite particular and complex, with Burmese, Cambodian, French, Lao, and Vietnamese influences. The site includes a house that contains sacred texts and is the only building of this style still standing in Southeast Asia. You make a last stop at the amazing Champasak Church: The Holy Name of Jesus Christ, which is the first of its kind to have been built in Laos before returning to our hotel in the beautiful landscape of the Asian view over the Mekong. Enjoy these nice moments of the day with the soothing rhythm of the water and the spectacle of the flamboyant colours that repaint this mystical river and sky, bordered by the splendid mountains. Back to Champasak for your lunch (not included). In the afternoon, bicycle for tour of this small village where the numerous colonial style houses (often neglected) give a real impression of colonial Indochina.
No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Bassac Residence
Day 5 : Champasak – 4000 Islands (B/-/-)
A day spent exploring the 4000 Islands. You set off by road for the island of Done Khong where your river boat is waiting. Your boat trip of around 1½ hours takes you to the islands of Don Det & Don Khone. You make a detour to enjoy the natural beauty of the waterfalls at Khone-Phapeng; this is where the lazy rhythm of the Mekong is broken by falls over 14m high. They are the biggest falls (by volume of water) in SE Asia. Lunch (not included) is taken in a restaurant on the banks of the Mekong on the island of Done Khone. After lunch, you have time to explore the island before continuing to the waterfalls at Li Phi. Your day finishes with a boat trip to try and see the rare Irrawaddy River Dolphins - this is the only place outside Burma where these elusive creatures can be found. All visits today can be reverse by your availability. No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Bassac Residence
Day 6 : Champasak – Ubon Rachatani (B/-/-)
After breakfast, Transfer by road for Ubon Ratchatani. On the way, you can visit the local market in Pakse and the Phou Salao, where you can see the whole city of Pakse. Lunch (not included) is taken in a local restaurant.

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Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary


Explore Champasak and Bolaven Plateau

6 days / 5 nights
from 1,340 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room

 


The total price includes:
Accommodation based on two people sharing.
All meals specified in the programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
All transfers as specified, in private car or air-conditioned van.
All excursions mentioned in the programme and all entries to sites.
The service of English-speaking guides for the different stages as mention in each day.

The total price does not include:
Domestic & International flights (domestic flights will be quoted at the moment of reservation).
All meals not specified in the programme.
Drinks during meals and personal expenses
All services not specified in the programme.
Fees for Lao visas ($30 - $40) USD per person (depending on nationality) plus one passport photo.
All insurances including cancellation insurance/ travel insurance/ repatriation or lost luggage insurances.
All tips.


This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Touny and Asia Safaris (License N°391 29/07/2004).

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