Pakse & 4000 Islands 4 days

Pakse & 4000 Islands   4 days

Southern Laos features a riverine archipelago characterised by numerous islands and sightings of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.


 
Pakse  •  Don Khong
 
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 – Pakse – Don Khong
    Your guide will meet you on arrival at Pakse airport early this morning. Your first stop is at Ban Kiet Ngong for an elephant riding experience in the area of the Kingfisher eco-lodge, situated in the Xepian National Conservation Area and located about 50km from Pakse. The 1.5 hour ride on elephant back to the archaeological site of Phou Asa, which overlooks the Pha Pho wetlands, will allow you to take in the abundant bird life as well as other fauna and flora. The Phou Asa temple is situated on top of a beautiful plateau which has sweeping views over the surrounding area. Return to the lodge and enjoy lunch. Continue heading south with a drive to Ban Nakasang from where you take a ferry across the Mekong River to Don Khong. This is the major island in the 4,000 islands region, locally referred to as Si Phan Don. The island’s capital is Muang Khong, a small former French settlement. Transfer to your hotel for check in and enjoy some free time to explore this quaint island.

    Stay two nights at the Pon Arena Hotel (Mekong River view room – basic tourist class), or Senesothxuen Hotel (deluxe Mekong River view – basic tourist class) in Don Khong. (L)

    Day 2 – Don Khong
    This morning, head out by local boat for a visit to “Si Phan Don”, the 4,000 Islands. Make a stop at Don Khone, which features the remnants of the French colonial area including an old pier, a railway station, a former French hospital building and the maritime office. Continue in the afternoon with a visit to the Liphi waterfalls, nicknamed the “Corridor of the Devil“. Local daredevils put fish traps at the bottom of the falls to catch fresh fish each day. The area is also home to a rare fresh water dolphin species. If you are lucky you might spot the rare, fresh water Irrawaddy dolphin. The species’ primary habitat is in north east Cambodia, near Kratie, but they can also be sighted in southern Laos and Myanmar. Return to Don Khong and transfer back to your hotel. (B)

    Day 3 – Don Khong to Pakse
    This morning travel towards the Cambodian border to visit the Khone Phapheng waterfall. The falls are the main reason why the Mekong River is not navigable into China. The majestic sight of the falls is a highlight of southern Laos, covering an impressive 10km stretch of the Mekong. Continue on a boat trip across the widest stretch of the Mekong River which can reach up to 16km in the wet season. Sit back and relax as your cruise passes by thousands of islets. Take a boat ride to the mainland and continue to drive to the amazing Khone Phapheng waterfalls, also referred to as “the Niagara Falls of the East”, close to the Cambodian border. These falls are the largest in the region and are considered to be the widest falls in the world. Continue driving for two hours to Pakse.

    Stay overnight at the Pakse Hotel (panorama room) in Pakse. (B)

    Day 4 – Depart Pakse
    Leisure time until private guided transfer to Pakse airport for your exit flight. (B)

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  • Tour Prices

    Tour prices valid to 31 October 2017.

    Departure Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    Nov15 – Oct17 $904 $1086 $1565

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • 3 nights basic tourist class hotels as listed, or similar
    • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Return transfers, sightseeing tours, boat trips, entrance fees
    • Quality air-conditioned vehicles, experienced drivers and guides

     

    Surcharges and/or compulsory meals apply for travel 20Dec15-15Jan16, 10-20Apr16 and 10-20Apr17.

    Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room.

    The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required.

 

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Pakse & 4000 Islands   4 days
 

Highlights

  • Elephant ride through the Conservation Area
  • Cruise amongst the 4000 Islands, past waterfalls and raging rapids, on the lookout for the Irrawaddy dolphin and some of the region’s abundant wildlife
 
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