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This tour takes you to Southern Laos which is still mostly unexplored by regular travelers. Laos still retains a slow, rather old-fashioned charm and the hospitality & friendliness of the people are undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit. This trip to Laos will leave every traveler indifferent!

TRIP FACTS

  • Travel Style: Cultural & Classic Travel
  • Duration: 6days - 5nights
  • Start / Finish: Vientiane /Luang Prabang
  • Departure: Departs daily on a private basis

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Board a local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River
  • Visit the pre-Angkorian Vat Phou Temple
  • Drive to the Suay minority village of Ban Khiat Ngong.
  • Explore the highlands and take an elephant ride trough the primitive jungle
  • Trekking through the wetlands to observe the amazing diversity of the fauna and flora
  • Khong Island exploring

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Vientiane – Pakse – Champassak (-/L/D)
Day 2: Champassak – Ban Khiet Ngong (B/L/D)
Day 3: Ban Khiet Ngong (B/L/D)
Day 4: Ban Khiet Ngong – Khong Island (B/L/D)
Day 5: Khong Island (B/L/D)
Day 6: Khong Island  – Khone Phapphen - Pakse (B/L/-)

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Vientiane Wattay airport for flight to Pakse. Meet upon arrival at Pakse airport and transfer to the pier. Board a local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River, heading south towards the former royal capital of Champassak. Arrival in Champassak and check-in at the hotel.

Lunch at the hotel. Visit the pre-Angkorian Vat Phou Temple (6th-13th centuries). Vat Phou Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and on the Mekong River. Hindu Khmer probably chose the site because of the spring that flows from near the top of the hill. Vat Phou Temple was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2002.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation:  Hotel in Vientiane

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Suay minority village of Ban Khiet Ngong. The Suay men are traditionally engaged in elephant training, especially for the timber trade. Ban Khiat Ngong village has a community project offering basic but comfortable accommodation in the 240,000 square kilometer Xe Pien National Biodiversity Conservation Area, which consists of a combination of wetlands and highland primary rainforest. This day, explore the highlands and take an elephant ride trough the primitive jungle to visit the enigmatic ruins of Phou Asa Temple.

Picnic lunch. Return to Ban Khiat Ngong village, located in the wetland area. At sunset, short walk to reach the Ban Khiat Ngong pond and see myriads of birds flying back to their nests.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation: Local Guest House 

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Full day trekking through the wetlands to observe the amazing diversity of the fauna and flora. The area is home to rare species of birds such as Blyths Kingfishers, Crested Warblers, White Shouldered Ibis, Painted Storks and White Breasted Waterhen. Most of these birds being migratory, the best traveling period lasts from October to March. Picnic lunch en route.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation :  Local guest house

Breakfast at the guesthouse. 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.   

Lunch at local restaurant.Take a bike-ride to explore Khong 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. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Hotel in Khong Island

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 Ket and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island.

Lunch at local restaurant in Ban Khone. Visit 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 Sumphamith Waterfall. In the dry season, the Irrawaddy Dolphins, one of the world’s rarest large mammal species, congregate at the base of the rapids to hunt the fish that survive in the deep pools. Spend a relaxing hour watching these extremely shy and endangered freshwater dolphins. Return by boat to Khong Island. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Hotel in Khong Island

Meals : Breakfast & Lunch

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THE DIFFERENCE OF VANASIA TRAVEL

+ Map of Vietnam with 04 famous destination detail maps in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
+ 01 bottle of water/day/person.
+ Post Card for sharing your memorable trip
+ Bookmark with basic Vietnamese lesson.
+ Vietnamese Sim-Card for 24/24 support.

SERVICES INCLUSION

  • 01 Night in the junk in Ha Long with 03 sea food meals on board
  • All of meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Professional and Experience local English speaking guide.
  • Private boat trip in along Perfume River in Hue
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • All of entrance fees and visiting permission in the restricted area (if applicable) as programm

SERVICES EXCLUSION

  • International and domestic air-tickets.
  • Bank Fee related to the payment.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Visa to Vietnam, Visa stamping fee
  • Beverage, personal expenses
  • Tipping for Tour-guide and driver. Our suggestion: 1-3$US/day/driver, 3-5$US/day/person for tour-guide depending your group size.

NOTE

  • Time check in: from 13h00 to 14h00, time check out: 12h00 (except the Junk in Ha Long about 10AM)
  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to Vietnam Airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight cancellation.
  • Hotels are subject to change by the time of booking.
  • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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