Duration:3 days/ 2 nights
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Feature:These 3 days take you down the Mekong by boat to Wat Phou. Cruise through the famous 4000 Islands. See Don Khong, the old French bridge at Don Det, Don Khone and the amazing Khone Phapheng Waterfall, and the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins. The trip can be concluded at the Lao/Cambodian border...
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Pakse Laos information:
Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative outpost, Pakse sits at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Se Don (Don River) and is the capital of Champasak Province. The town has grown quickly since the Lao-Japanese Bridge across the Mekong was opened in 2002, facilitating brisk trade with Thailand. Its position on the way to Si Phan Don in the far south, the Bolaven Plateau and remote provinces to the east, and Thailand to the west means anyone choosing to travel in the south will almost certainly spend time in Pakse.
The centre of Pakse retains the sort of Mekong River–town lethargy found in Savannakhet and Tha Khaek further north. Fewer colonial-era buildings remain, though do look for the Franco-Chinese–style Chinese Society building on Th 10 in the centre of town.
The vast Talat Dao Heung (New Market) near the Lao-Japanese Bridge is one of the biggest in the country, famous for its selection of fresh produce and coffee from the fertile Bolaven Plateau. Short day trips from Pakse can be made to Ban Saphai and Don Kho, weaving centres 15km north of town.
Operation : Daily departure
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
Tour route : Pakse - Wat Phou - Champassak -Ban Hat Xai Khoun - Don Khone - Liphi Waterfall - Don Khone - Dolphin Area - Veunkham - Khone Phapheng - Pakse
Brief description : These 3 days take you down the Mekong by boat to Wat Phou. Cruise through the famous 4000 Islands. See Don Khong, the old French bridge at Don Det, Don Khone and the amazing Khone Phapheng Waterfall, and the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins. The trip can be concluded at the Lao/Cambodian border...
Day 1: Pakse - Wat Phou - Champassak
Depart Hanoi Sky Travel in Laos, Pakse office on Tuk Tuk, and get on a long-tail boat downstream to Champassak. On the way, we stop to visit Wat Phou Ngoy overlooking the Mekong. Thereafter, float down the Mekong to see local fishermen's life. Lunch at Champassak. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou. This place has been associated with the city of Shrestapura, which was located on the banks of the Mekong directly east of mount Lingaparvata (now called Phu Kao).
Overnight in Champassak (Anousa G/H)
Day 2: Champassak - Ban Hat Xai Khoun - Don Khone - Liphi Waterfall
After an early breakfast we take the boat or tuk-tuk to the other side of the Mekong River to Ban Mouang where we will meet our transport to take us on a 2 hours drive to Ban Hat Xay Khoun. Then we take the boat through the famous 4000 Islands, where many shore birds abound in search for fish, crustaceans, worms and other food. While stopping at one of the many beaches, we take a break for lunch, swimming or fishing. Continue to Don Khone to check in at the guesthouse and relax by enjoying a cold drink. Test the fresh coconut milk on the island, you will like it! Free time for your own excursion by walking or cycling around the islands to visit the old colonial French bridge, the Liphi (Somphamit) waterfall, and to catch a beautiful sunset before dinner.
Overnight at Don Khone (Khounphan G/H ).
Day 3: Don Khone - Dolphin Area - Veunkham - Khone Phapheng - Pakse
After breakfast, take for about 20 minutes a boat downstream to one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Irrawaddy Dolphin (which is also extremely shy). Spend an hour trying to spot and photograph these freshwater mammals. Continue for another 30 minutes by boat to Veunkham, from where our transport takes us to the widest waterfall in Southeast Asia, Khone Phapheng. Lunch at the falls before we return to Pakse by private minibus or shared bus (2 hours drive) - or you can continue to the Cambo
Our prices include: Transfer, tour guide, entrance fee (s), all meals as mentented in itinerary, accomodation with breakfast and complimentary water.
Our prices exclude: Drinks, gratuities, personal expenses, camera fees (if any) and insurance.
What to bring: Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, sun-block, insect repel, flashlights, good shoes, cable locks.