Southern Laos Explorer - Vientiane to Siem Reap - 5 Days
Connect smoothly between Laos and Cambodia while exploring the unique 4000 islands on the Mekong River on the way. Leave city life in Vientiane behind and head South to slow life on Don Khon. Discover the island by bike as you pick up trails through the forests and past rice fields to hidden rapids and sandy beaches. Cruise between the islands and spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Not least, have enough time to let the slow island pace take over, and to take in the leftovers from the old French colonial period. Cross the border and flow to Siem Reap, the gateway an ancient past of the Angkor period. This is your fast track to get from Vientiane to Siem Reap in a very comfortable way.
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|Unique Experiences:||· Connect smoothly from Laos to Cambodia, while exploring on the way
· Discover Don Khone on a bicycle trip through forest, past rice fields and local life
· Spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin on a boat trip
· Explore the 4000 islands while staying at charming Don Khone
|Participants:||Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.
|Trip Length:||5 Day(s) 4 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
|Travel Season:||The best time to visit Southern Laos is in the dry season from November to March, when temperature is cooler. March to May is generally considered the hot season, but it only takes a jump in the water to cool off. June to October is the monsoon season, but it is also the season where the Mekong gains power making it a spectacular sight.
Note: 14th - 16th April is Lao New Year, where this tour does not operate.
|Type of Transportation:||VIP night bus, public bus, cycling, private long tail boat and shared minivan
|Type of Accommodation:||VIP sleeper bus and local guesthouses with private bathroom
|Child Policy:||Child Age
· Infant - 0 to 5 years of age are free of charge when sleeping with parents in existing bed.
· Child - 6 to 11 years of age benefit from discounted adult rates.
Please be aware of: Please consider whether your child is fit for an adventure in a remote location
|Included in Price:||Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch
Accommodation: 1 night in VIP sleeper bus, 3 nights in local guesthouses
Transport: VIP night bus from Vientiane to Pakse, local bus from Pakse to Don Khone, boat from Don Khone to Don Khon and onwards shared minivan to Siem Reap.
Others/Activities: 4000 island Bicycle and Boat Tour
Note: There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be English-speaking tour guides according to itinerary only.
|Excluded from Price:||· Drinks
· Any food not mentioned in tour proposal, I.e. lunch on day one.
· Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
· Travel Insurance (compulsory)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
- Locations Visited:
- Pakse, Paksong, Bolaven Plateau, 4000 islands, Siem Reap
- Start City:
- End City:
- Siem Reap
ItineraryDay 1: Vientiane to Pakse by night bus
Leave Vientiane behind as you board the VIP night bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Pakse around 6:30 pm.
If you haven’t booked your previous accommodation with Go Beyond Asia, please make sure you inform us your hotel name, and we will prepare the bus tickets for you. Self transfer from your hotel to the bus station in Vientiane.
Accommodation: VIP overnight bus
Day 2: Pakse to 4000 islands. Bicycle the Don Khone and explore the Mekong and other islands by boat
As night turns into morning and the sun rises, you will arrive in Pakse. Your guide will meet you at the bus station and together you travel to the 4000 islands by local bus. The destination is Don Khone, the biggest of the islands, and a true Lao experience. Jump on a bicycle with your guide and discover the island together. Pick up trails that lead through the forests and past rice fields to hidden rapids and sandy beaches. From bicycle to long tail boat you will set out to explore the other islands. In around 1.5 hours you will go down the Mekong river and take in the local life, the forest, the colonial past and if you are lucky, spot the frolicking Irrawaddy dolphins.
Once back at your guesthouse, you have the rest of the day free to spend at your own pace.
Your guide will at this point give you the needed information for your onwards trip to Siem Reap on day 4 incl. handing you the bus tickets.
Accommodation: Overnight at Khoun Pan Guesthouse, or similar
Day 3: Don Khone, 4000 islands. The day is free for you to explore the islands
Enjoy a free day to explore Don Khone and the 4000 islands as to your own liking. Why not visit the old bridge and river embankment, both built during the colonial French period? Or see the local fishermen doing their daily work on the Mekong, visit the thundering Somphamit waterfall and the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, Khonephapheng. And if you weren’t lucky on day one, don’t miss your chance to try your luck to see the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins at the Southern tip of the island.
Accommodation: Overnight at Khoun Pan Guesthouse, or similar
Day 4: Don Khone, 4000 islands to Siem Reap. Cross the border between Laos and Cambodia and flow overland to Siem Reap
You will be picked up from your guesthouse in the morning. Cross by ferry to Nakaxang and jump on the bus to the Lao-Cambodia border. You will cross the border by yourself, and right on the other side a representative will await you, holding a sign with your name. You will be shown the way to a shared minivan and flow overland towards Siem Reap.
Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation and you will have the rest of the day free for you to explore the city and surroundings.
Accommodation: Overnight at The Living Quarters Hostel 543, or similar
Day 5: Siem Reap
Check out from your hotel in the morning, and proceed to your next destination.
If you need help with onwards transport to Phnom Penh or Bangkok, fancy a bit of inspiration or want to explore Cambodia beyond the ordinary, feel free to contact us and we will help according to your needs.
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