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  • Southern Laos Exploration

    Find untapped natural grandeur and sweeping architectural statements on the Southern Laos Exploration 7 Days tour, starting and ending from the city of Pakse. The deep-south of Laos is known for its fantastic marriage of ancient Khmer architecture with stately French colonial buildings, and of unblemished nature with vast agricultural enclaves of tea, coffee and rice.The Southern Laos Exploration 7 Days tour begins in the Bolaven Plateau, a gorgeous span of flat land lying high above Pakse. Here, we meet locals like Mr. Khansome and various members of ethnic tribes, who will show us their way of life in this rich land. We continue onto a marvel of 5th century architecture at the resplendent Wat Phou, before returning to nature at the 4000 Islands, a rich ecosystem on the Laotian-Cambodian border.You will meet and bid farewell to our friendly and professional tour guide in Pakse, a city built by the French during their occupation, subsequently creating an interesting blend of Western and Laotian construction and religion. The guide will show you the big attractions of southern Laos in its waterfalls and jungles, but is also eager to exhibit the caves and villages off the beaten track. We stay in some wonderfully remote accommodation on the Southern Laos Exploration 7 Days tour, giving you a chance to get close to nature in all of its unhampered glory.
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    7
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  • South Vietnam to Laos

    Discover the natural heart of Indochina on South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour – an extensive tour through the remote areas of southern Vietnam and neighbouring Laos. We focus on taking you through the glorious scenery of these two landmark-laden countries as well as giving you a look at some of the standing architectural wonders that showcase some of the best religious architecture in Southeast Asia.We start South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour in Ho Chi Minh City and discover a city keen to heal the scars of war. We explore the resplendent nature that lies on its southern doorstep – the magnificent Mekong Delta, lifeblood of the southern Vietnamese and provider of outstanding tropical scenery.From here, the South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour moves across the border, where we find various awe-inspiring natural assets strewn across the Bolaven Plateau, just outside of Pakse. Here we will discover soaring limestone mountains and the thick jungle that encircles and sits atop them. We meet members of hill tribes, welcoming and hardworking people who add so much to the rich ethnic tapestry of Laos.We explore the area of 4000 Islands, a series of stunning islets straddling the border with Cambodia and providing a unique ecosystem for the rare and wonderful animals here. We wrap up the South Vietnam to Laos 11 Days tour with visits to Laos’ breathtaking Buddhist temples, as well as the Hindu temple of Wat Phou that has been standing for 1,500 years.Along the way, we enjoy excellent local food, comfortable travel by plane, car, jeep, motorboat and raft, as well as high quality and sometimes attractively remote accommodation. Our team of local Vietnamese and Laotian guides will professionally show you the way, while our local partner hosts will give you a warm taste of their exotic daily lives.
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    $ 1,280 /person
    Days
    11
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Pakse Overview

Located on the southern of Champasak province, Pakse is the second most populous city in Laos. Pakse has favorable location as it is the meeting point of Xe Don and Mekong River. That is why its name in Laos means “mouth of the river”.

In the past, Pakse used to be The Kingdom of Champasak until the Kingdom of Laos was formed in 1946. Nowadays, Pakse is a busy city with high-quality traffic system, busy factories, sleepless markets and impressive festivals.


Where to go and what to see in Pakse?

There are many interesting things to see in Pakse. First of all, you should pay a visit to Bolaven Plateau – the most attractive destination in the South of Laos.  – The most attractive destination in the South of Laos.  

Amazingly, Bolaven Plateau is formed from and ancient volcano with a lot of waterfalls, jungles, and farmland. Here is the best place for hiking or trekking tour. About 85 kilometers far from Pakse city is spectacular Tad Lo Waterfall. From Tad Lo, you can continue your tour to Paksong where there are four magnificent waterfalls: Tad Yuang, Tad Champi, Tad Fane and Tad E-tu. If you are a nature lover, Pakse will surely steal your heart.


About 17 kilometers far from Pakse in the north, you can witness the very traditional life of Laotians in Don Kho Island, Ban Saphai and Wat Chompet. People here still live in an authentic way. They make a living based on growing rice, fishing on Mekong River, weaving and doing handcraft.

Last but not least, don’t ever miss visiting Royal Palace of Champasak Bounum King. Nowadays, it is a hotel with 1,000 windows.


What to eat and drink in Pakse?

Pakse is a place for the food lover in Laos. Many visitors who have ever traveled to Pakse claimed that fish and shrimp in Pakse are amazingly tasty. You can taste Pakse special food in any restaurant. 

Here are some recommended restaurants in Pakse:  Daolin Restaurant (Rte 13 Pakse, Laos, serve Laos traditional food), Lankham Noodle Soup (under the Lankham Hotel, Rte 13, Pakse, Laos, serve noodles and soup), Banlao Boat Restaurant (Th11, Paksel Laos, serve Pekkind Duck and German pork knuckles and some exotic fare like ant's egg) and La Panorama Restaurant (Th5, Pakse, Laos, serve Franco-Asian Cuisine)

The best way to enjoy Lao traditional food is exploring Houang morning market where you can buy fresh seafood, fresh vegetables, and fruit. Then, you can ask the hotel’s restaurant to process them for you.


When to visit Pakse?

The best time to visit Pakse is from November to March. It is the dry season when it gets cooler and more comfortable. If you plan a tour with a lot of outdoor activities like trekking or hiking, December, January, and February are the most suitable. 

The worst time to visit Pakse is from March to May. It gets extremely hot, sometimes up to 40 Celsius degree. From May to October is the rainy season so there will be some inconvenience if you travel during this time. 

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