TPT – PrT218 – Pakse – Boloven Explorer 6days/5nights

TPT – PrT218 – Pakse – Boloven Explorer 6days

Itinerary 

 

DAY1PAKSE – TAD LO (-/L/D)

Excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau, which was formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies. The first stop is at the Phaseum Resort. Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal vernacular architectures and life of the Southern Laos tribes. Continue to Tadlo, on the Northern edge of the Boloven Plateau. Tadlo is touted as an eco-friendly resort near the Xeset waterfall. After lunch at the resort, continue to visit Alack and Nge tribal villages. Drive back to Pakse, via Paksong with stops to visit the impressive Tad Fane Waterfalls and a tea & coffee plantation. Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.

 

DAY2 PAKSE – WATPHU – KHONG ISLAND (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Arrival at Pakse airport and transfer to the boat pier. Board a traditional local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River, heading south towards the former royal capital of Champassak and continue by car to the pre-Angkorian Vat Phu Temple (6th-13th centuries). Vat Phu Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and on the Mekong River. UNESCO listed Vat Phu Temple as a World Heritage site in 2002. Hindu Khmer probably chose the site because of the spring that flows from near the top of the hill. Historians say that Phu Pasak was in fact sacred to the pre-Angkorian Kingdom of Chenla (6th century) and may have been the site of human sacrifices. The temple is divided in two parts. The lower part consists of two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, which was used for ritual ablutions. The upper section, the temple sanctuary itself, once enclosed a large Shiva phallus (linga). It was later converted into a Buddhist temple but much of the original Hindu sculpture remains. The lintels feature various forms of Vishnu and Shiva as well as Kala, the Hindu god of time and death. The naga stairway is lined with plumeria (Dokchampa), the Lao national flower. Lunch at local restaurant. PM. Drive to Ban Hatsaykhoune and take a ferry to cross the Mekong River towards Khong Island, located in the scenic Siphandone region (Four Thousand Islands). Khong Island, with its lovely fishing villages, its serene monasteries and its lush vegetation offers a unique opportunity to experience the peaceful Lao way of life. Diner & accommodation at the hotel.

 

DAY3 KHONG ISLAND – BAN KHONE – KHONEPHAPENG – KHONG ISLAND (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the South China Sea; when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets. Visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall. Return to Ban Khone. Board a local long – tail river boat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch. In the afternoon, continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock. Lunch at local. Continue to Veumkham and take a local boat for 20 minutes upsteam to the area of Dolphins for watching this fresh water fish (this part of the trip is only posisble from October to May). Return to Khong Island.Diner & accommodation at the hotel.

 

DAY4 KHONG ISLAND – DON DAENG ISLAND (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Before leaving the island, visit Vat Hangkhong, considered as the oldest temple on the island, Ban Huay village and continue to Muang Sene to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River. Transfer by car and boat to Don Daeng. Overnight at La Folie Lodge on Don Daeng.

 

DAY 5 DON DAENG ISLAND (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the full day at this beautiful resort. You may take bikes and discover the island or enjoy the tranquility at the pool, overlooking mighty Mekong River.Lunch and diner at la Folie Lodge.

 

DAY 6 DON DAENG – PAKSE DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer by boat and car to Pakse. If time permits, visits in Pakse before transferring to the airport for your flight for your next destination.

 

Hotel: Champa residence hotel

Service Including:

 

Tourist Tax

 

Transportation

 

Entrance Fee

Hotel Twins/Double Shared Including Breakfast

 

Meal

 

Water And Cold Towl

 

Boat Trip

 

 

 

END TOUR

 

 

This rate valid till 30 Sept 2012

High season: 1 Jan to 31 Apr     Low season: 1 May to 31 Sep

Peak season: 12-17 April

 

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in twin/dbl room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • Speaking local guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water and cold towel for daily tour
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tourist tax

 

Exclusion:

  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Domestic or International flight

     Note: airfare and schedule subject to change without notice from the airline.

  • Visa fee for Laos    
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Insurance for travel, theft, luggage damages
  • Personal expenses 
  • Others not mentioned nor specified above not to be included in the tour prices.

 


Experience a Baci Ceremony.  This calling of the spirits ceremony is unique to Laos and welcomes the guests with a shaman and a small group of elders and Lao traditional musicians.

 

Complimentary policy:

1 Tour leader will be Free of Charge in Half twin room for a group of a minimum of 15 full paying passengers.

Term of Payment:

  30% of total pay upon tour confirmed

  70 % of total payment paid before group arrived 10 working days

Cancellation policy:

  No Show 100 % charge

  7-1 days 50 % of the tour price

 

 

Note: Program is subject to change without prior notice due to airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight cancellations. We reserve the right to adjust service prices at any time in the event of an increase in the fuel surcharge applied by airlines or any other transport companies.

It is recommended for travelers to Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar to have a travel insurance covering also the cost of medical evacuation flights.

 

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