Khong Island Holidays

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Day 1: Pakse - Khong Island

Upon arrival in to Pakse airport, you are met and transferred to the boat pier, we board the long tail motorboat and travel downstream on the Mekong to Champasak to visit the ruins of Wat Phu, the pre-Angkorian temple. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century. Here we also have a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. After lunch we drive to the peaceful Khong Island, the largest in the 4000 islands region, on the way we stopover to at the villages of ban Phone Saat.

Day 2: Khong Island

After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise venturing into the widest point of the Mekong River where thousands of islets become visible in the dry season, giving this area a lovely name: Si Phan Done. Along the way, we stop at the Liphi waterfalls. We also visit the fishing village of Ban Done Khone. On return, we take a short drive to the Lao – Cambodia border at Weukham, expect to be encapsulated by the sight of Khone Phapheng, which boasts South East Asia’s biggest waterfall.

Day 3: Khong Island

Upon leaving Done Khone Island, we continue our journey towards Tadlo, through Boloven plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. Upon arrival at Tad Lo waterfall, we visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu. Overnight in Tadlo

Day 4: - Vientiane

In the early morning we drive to Pakse to board a flight to Vientiane. A city tour acquaints us with the major sights of the capital. We visit the sacred Wat Sisaket the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument.

Day 5: Vientiane

We board a short afternoon flight to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also have time, this afternoon to see the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Xiengkhuang

Day 6: - Luang Prabang

Early morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandises. We then head out of town towards Luang Prabang, en route we stop off to see the Buddha images in Thampra, a site more than 200 years old. Continuing, you enjoy the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forest and landscape. The journey will take us over mountainous regions until we approach Luang Prabang. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos, then check in at hotel, from there, we visit the Night Market.

Day 7: Luang Prabang

Today we venture toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath.

Day 8: Luang Prabang

0500AM: An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos. Then visit the morning Tha Heua Market, where you will see such diverse offerings. Enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong River.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Today is at your leisure.

Day 10: Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you are free at your leisure until your transfer to the airport.