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Take a journey off the beaten path and visit lands unknown. Southern Laos is a beautiful region seldom visited, take time to explore the forests along the Cambodian border and enjoy the languid sunsets of the Mekong River on 4,000 Islands, before heading south into Cambodia. After further exploration, the trip culminates in a visit to the famous temples of Angkor.

 

Notes

  • There is surcharge for travelling on Lunar New Year, Christmas, regional New Year, Tet and other public holidays throughout the region please check with your consultant for date confirmation.
  • Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible to.
  • Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.
  • Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.
  • All flight times are local.
  • All cycling and trekking/walking distances displayed are approximate and subject to the guests’ ability and availability of the route, the guide will use his discretion to ensure safety and comfort for all participants.
  • All Destinations: Our guides are briefed not to promote or recommend any specific shopping outlets, curio stores, gem factories or outlets. INDOTREK operates a strict policy on this matter. Should your guide recommend any form of shopping or any other commercial activity outside of what may have been included in this itinerary, INDOTREK can accept no responsibility should you decide to accept any such recommendations.

 

Disclaimer

Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose a similar hotel in the same category and discuss with you for your final approval as the price may change.

 

Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check-in is after 14:00pm. Early check-in and late checkout is subject to availability only.

 

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

 

Singles Joining – If you are joining a trip as a solo traveller please add the single supplement to the trip price. If you are willing to share a room please let us know and we will do our best to find someone for you to share with, we will inform you before finalizing the final payment of the trip.

 

BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY

A non-refundable deposit of 30% of total trip cost per person is required to confirm your tour. Please note that the full balance, as indicated on our confirmation which will be sent to you, is due 45 days before your departure date. If you are booking within 45 days of your departure date the full amount is due when booking. Failure to pay by the due date could be considered as a cancellation on your part and we reserve the right to impose cancellation charges as detailed below (These are default conditions unless you have a predetermined, overriding agreement with us).

 

 

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Notice of cancellation of your holiday by you once it has been confirmed must be in writing to us. Cancellation charges will be calculated from the date we receive written notice of cancellation. Any amendment charges that arose before the cancellation, and any deposits paid for any pre-booked items or services will still be payable.

If we cancel your holiday you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Land & internal air cancellation fees apply.

In addition cancellation fees per person/ per trip.

Days prior to Departure

45 or more Deposit
30 – 44 50% of total tour cost
21 – 29 75% of total tour cost
0 – 20 100% of total tour cost

 

 

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Itineraries

Day 1

Pakse Arrival – Bolaven Plateau

Upon arrival Pakse Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by our guide who have a signboard with your name on it. Transfer from the airport to Bolaven Plateau, stay overnight at Sinouk Coffee Resort.

Day 2

Bolaven Plateau Full Day Tour – Ban Kiet Ngong

Formed by an ancient volcano and famous for its coffee and tea plantations, the Bolaven Plateau is home to a number of tribal villages, some of them still practicing Stone Age culture including the use of extremely primitive agricultural tools and animal sacrifices in an animist belief system. Enjoy a full-day tour of the area starting with the Tad Lo Waterfall, a series of three falls named Tad Suong, Tad Lo and Tad Hang. Continue to the Tad Fane Waterfalls where lunch is served in this scenic location. Beyond the waterfall stretches the extensive jungle of Dong Hua Sao from where the perfectly synchronized twin falls originates and drop down a 200m (656ft) gorge. Walk to the impressive 42m (138ft) Tad Yeung Waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. End the day with a visit to a tea and coffee plantation and learn why the Bolaven Plateau is an ideal area to grow these crops. Later, drive to Ban Kiet Ngong and stay overnight at Kingfisher Ecolodge after enjoying a delightful set dinner.

Kingfisher Ecolodge is a small lodge situated in an idyllic location adjacent to the Kiet Ngong Ramsar Protected Wetlands where you can often see Buffalo and Elephants walking through the long grass.

NOTES:
• It is recommended that guests wear proper walking attire for the visits to the waterfalls as these areas can be slippery at times.

Day 3

Ban Kiet Ngong – Forest Trekking – Camping

Depart Kingfisher lodge at 9:00am. We begin by taking a walk up to Phou Asa and admire the panoramic views of the Kiat Ngong Wetland and village. Walk to see the footprint cave about 2km further on and continue about 3 hours more to where we will stop for lunch at a great view point overlooking the Mekong River valley and lowlands. Along the way our skilled guides will highlight points of interest in the forest and demonstrate the uses of certain items including cooking in bamboo. After lunch continue enjoying the view as we continue walking to Chan Deang waterfall about 5km further and our camp for the night. We should arrive about at 3pm and begin setting up the camp. You can help or our guides will do it for you. Our local guides will prepare you a tasty dinner while you relax the meantime, depending on the season take the chance of a cooling dip in the waterfall.

Trekking Distance: Approximately 12km
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Basic Tented Forest Camp (Tents, sleeping bags and mats provided)

Day 4

Forest Trekking – Ban Kiet Ngong

This morning your guides will prepare breakfast for you at 7:30 - 8:00 am, after breakfast we will walk 1km up to a little hill to a viewpoint and have a short break before continuing for other 4km to reach our picnic point at Mak Fang, after a delightful picnic and rest we walk back through the forest back to the lodge arriving at approximately 16:00pm.

Tonight dine in style at Kingfisher Ecolodge in your own exclusive private candlelight Sala. As the light descends, candles and torches will light your way and you can relax to the sounds of nature surrounding the beautiful Kiet Ngong protected wetland area with the ominous Bolaven Plateau as this evening’s backdrop. You will be presented with a pre-selected menu consisting of local delights accompanied by free flow house wine local beer or Soft drinks. You can remain to enjoy this romantic setting as long as you wish before departing back to your room at leisure.

Trekking Distance: Approximately 14km
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Ban Kiet Ngong – 4,000 Islands

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the 4,000 Islands and board a long-tail boat to the island of Don Khone on the Mekong River. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch followed by a walking tour of the island, visit to the Liphi Waterfalls, nicknamed the “Corridor of the Devil”, a natural border between Laos and Cambodia. Later, explore the island on foot. Once a small French settlement, Don Khone features some colonial-era buildings including an old pier, a railway station, a former French hospital building and the maritime office.

Stay overnight on the Don Khone Island.

Walking Distance: Approximately 7km
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Don Khone – Laos/Cambodia Border – Kayaking Ou Svay – Ratanakiri

This morning, board another boat back to the mainland and transfer to Voeunkham, stop en-route to visit the Khone Phapheng Waterfalls, a highlight of southern Laos, covering an impressive 10km (6mi) stretch of the Mekong. Arrive at the Cambodia / Laos international border for immigration processing, and say goodbye to our Lao guide and driver who have supported us along the way.

After clearing immigration meet your guide and transfer to a small village where we will board a boat and head up river to the village of Preh Rumkel where you can take a kayak and paddle to see the Irrawaddy Dolphins that make their home in the deep pools found on the Cambodian Side of the border. After lunch you will continue your kayak to Ou Svay, kayak through the flooded forests a Ramsar Wetland which supports a large variety of birds along the river. Enjoy the remoteness of the area and feeling of being completely at one with nature. Once you begin kayaking, the scenery is immediately dramatic and shows many large trees sticking out of the water with their roots grown into the direction of the Mekong currents. The small islands appear everywhere around. In the wet season the water levels are higher and you will not see many islands. Your trip will be finish at Ou-Svay where your car will take you transfer to Ratanakiri. We will arrive there around 6pm.

Trekking Distance: None
Kayaking: approx. 3 Hours
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

A day trek to Kaoh Piek

Today, travel north to Veun Sai passing through several villages including those of the Tampou (Tampoun) people. Board a wooden boat and cruise up the Sesan River to Koah Piek village. Upon arrival, stroll through the local village of the Katcha ethnicity and visit the burial ground with its many statues, believed to act as guardians after their death. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning by boat to Vouen Sai and then back to Banlung.

Trekking Distance: approx. 5km
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Banlung – Siem Reap

After breakfast, visit Banlung market until the time comes to board our transport to Siem Reap, which will take around 7 hours’ drive, stopping along the way for lunch. Arrive in Siem Reap and check in to your hotel, the rest of the day is free at leisure.

This evening, relax at your hotel or take a walk to the ‘Pub Street’ area of Siem Reap with its array of bars and great restaurants offering a mix of local and international cuisine.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Siem Reap – Kulen Trekking

After breakfast, we will take a drive through the lovely countryside where we can see the traditional Khmer houses, meet friendly local inhabitants as well as see cattle in the field. From Rattanak Tey Pagoda, we will conquer Kulen Mountain by foot. After 88 steps we reach Pres Ang Chup and stop for a short break. After a well-earned rest, we continue up 100 stairs before a 4km trek to the big Nevena (Pres Ang Thom) passing the River of 1000 Lingas. Lunch will be provided on site. After lunch we move across the plateau and trek into the jungle to visit a Bat cave and Srah Damrey. We continue on to Wat Preah Kral to prepare dinner and overnight in a tent at Wat Preah Kral. Camping under the stars in Cambodia offers you a completely unique experience. During the evening you also have chance to interact with resident Monks who live in this pagoda, feel free to lean about their lives.

Trekking Distance: Approx. 15 km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Tent at Wat Preah Kral.

Day 10

Kulen Trekking – Svey Ler – Siem Reap

After breakfast, we carry on westwards to Svey Ler. We will be rewarded with more dramatic views of Mt. Kulen and after a few ascents and descents, we’ll begin to come across Anlong Thom, Thmar Chrougn and Ta Penh villages. Enjoy a lunchbox picnic at a village before we carry on. We spend rest of the day descending on great trails to Nevenea, a new pagoda that was built in 2001-2002. We’ll spend some time at the pagoda and interact with the Khmer monks. Afterwards we head onto village footpaths, passing by a local market. At Svay Leou, there will be a bus waiting for us so we can rest a bit and transfer the rest of the way to Siem Reap.

Trekking Distance: Approx. 15km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – Banteay Srei

After breakfast, transfer to visit Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple then continue trekking to Ta Prohm Temple and trek to Ta Nei through the trails of the Angkor forest then you will see the French dam that was built in colonial times to protect the Angkor Area. This afternoon, transfer to Bantey Srei temple which many consider to be the prettiest temple of Angkor.

Trekking distance: Approx. 15km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Siem Reap – Angkor Sunrise – Kampong Phluk Village

Early this morning, transfer to Angkor Wat for Sunrise then spend time to visit the whole complex of the Angkor Wat Temple before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Then trek though the villages along the riverbank to see the vegetable gardens in Chreav village, see livestock along the way before heading to Kampong Phluk: a stilted village nestled on the edge of Tonle Sap lake – take a boat out to the Tonle Sap before returning to the stilted house village where we can walk around and see the local lifestyle before arriving at the local pagoda from where we return by boat. Transfer back to your hotel.

Trekking distance: Approx. 15km
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Siem Reap Departure (Own tickets)

This morning will be free at your leisure until your departure transfer.
Meal: Breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking local guides.
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room in hotel with daily breakfast; 01 night in tented camp.
  • Basic first aid kit.
  • International flight to Pakse/from Siemreap.
  • Visas where required.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out. This is for guidance only.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

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