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Secrets of Southern Laos

Small group tour
7 days - From £997*PP

Explore the languid waterways and countryside of Southern Laos, taking in the lush coffee plantations and waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau and the amazing 4,000 Islands expanse of the mighty Mekong. Watch the sun sink over the Mekong, admire the breathtaking scenery, and explore idyllic islands by bicycle. End with two nights at the gorgeous La Folie Lodge on Done Daeng Island, within eyesight of the mysterious Wat Phou Angkorian temple.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night lodge accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 dinner
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except tuk-tuk touring)
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers to and from Pakse Airport

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DECEMBER 31st
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JANUARY 15th
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JANUARY 21st
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OCTOBER 28th
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DECEMBER 2nd
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DECEMBER 29th
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAY 1: PAKSE
On arrival in Pakse, transfer to your hotel and meet your tour leader and small group of fellow travellers for a welcome drink. Be briefed on some homework marking duties for a local English language school!

Hotel: Pakse Hotel

DAY 2: BOLAVEN PLATEAU
See the beautiful Tad Fane Waterfalls and explore the Bolaven Plateau. Visit a fair-trade coffee plantation and sample both the Robusta and Arabica brews. Mid-afternoon, check in to your atmospheric lodge by the Tad Lo waterfalls.

Hotel: Tad Lo Lodge

DAY 3: DONE KHONE ISLAND
Reach Kiet Ngong village and Phou Asa to visit a former warrior training ground, perched atop a hill overlooking the Xe Pian National Protected Area. Travel by road to the 4,000 Islands, then journey by boat to Done Khone Island, the site of the first French settlement in Laos.

Hotel: Sala Done Khone

DAY 4: DONE KHONE ISLAND
Take a short boat trip on the Mekong in search of the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin. Travel to the Li Phi Falls and see the remains of the French railway, before enjoying free time in the afternoon. You have the option to cycle on the island amongst crumbling French architecture and coconut palms.

Hotel: Sala Done Khone

DAY 5: DONE DAENG ISLAND
Marvel at Khone Phapheng Falls, Southeast Asia’s largest. Travel to Champasak to visit Wat
Phou, situated on the side of a large hill, these ancient ruins pre-date Angkor Wat. Continue to the Champasak jetty for a boat transfer to La Folie Lodge.

Hotel: La Folie Lodge

DAYS 6-7: DONE DAENG ISLAND
Cycle to the northern tip of the island, stopping at villages and for breaks. You will also have a chance to visit a small Angkorian temple in the island's centre. Savour a farewell dinner, and on your last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer.

Hotel: La Folie Lodge

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Secrets of Southern Laos reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Accommodation
8.0
Content of holiday
8.5
Tour leader, if applicable
10.0
Local guide(s)
9.5
Value for money
9.0
Overall rating
8.5
Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

Ada

Plymouth, Devon, UK Couple
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Elephants bathing at Tag Lo Lodge. Waterfalls at 4000 Islands
Arriving in Paske at 0745 in a hotel with no facilities and on Sunday everything around was shut. It was frustrating and a waste of a day. Consider up grading to a better hotel.
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2015
Published on: 19 December 2015
8 out of 10

Katharine

Reigate Couple
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It was a varied and interesting tour that gave a great flavour of that part of Laos.
We loved watching the elephants bathe at Tad Lo lodge.
Clambering down to the foot of the waterfall was an adventure.
To be able to cycle around Don Khone and see the villages and meet the school children was really special.
Seeing locals thresh the rice and getting to have a go was an added bonus.
La Folie hotel was a lovely and luxurious way to end the trip.
Frank, our tour leader worked really hard to keep the tour on track despite many changes to timings and specs.
Bobby, our local guide did a great job filling us in on local knowledge.
The start day in Pakse seemed like a waste of time for us. We didn't want to stay in the hotel (hot and stuffy) and there didn't seem much of interest in Pakse. Some suggestions on things worth a visit or routes to walk would have been really useful. A hotel with a pool would have sorted the problem!

On the day when we visited the Si Phi falls on Don Khone, the plan was that we had to leave before lunch and then go back to the hotel for a free afternoon. This was hugely frustrating as there was a little beach there with a cafe where we could have stayed instead of going back to the hotel. Maybe in future that could be made flexible - tell people in advance about the beach so that if they want to stay, swim and eat they can and are adequately prepared.
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2015
Published on: 19 December 2015

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