Backpacker Southern Laos & Tree Top Explorer (8 Days)
Connect smoothly between Laos and Cambodia while ziplining through the jungle and exploring the unique 4000 islands on the Mekong River on the way. Check in to a Tree Top Camp and spend days trekking through the jungle, ziplining through the forest canopy and meeting the locals at eyelevel in the villages. Flow overland to the Don Khon, the largest of the 4000 islands in the Mekong Delta. 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. 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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• Connect smoothly from Laos to Cambodia, while exploring on the way
• Discover the 4000 islands by bicycle and spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin on a boat trip
Up to 16 people may book this trip.
|Trip Length:||8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday|
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.
|Type of Transportation:||
Local Air-conditioned Bus - night bus, public bus, cycling, private long tail boat and shared minivan
|Type of Accommodation:||
Local Air-conditioned Bus - night bus, local guesthouse and tree house at the tree top camp.
|Included in Price:||
Meals: 5 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
|Excluded from Price:||
- Locations Visited:
- Pakse, Paksong, Bolaven Plateau, 4000 islands, Siem Reap
- Start City:
- End City:
- Siem Reap
Day 1: Vientiane to Pakse by overnight bus
You will be picked up from your hotel in Vientiane city center between 18:00pm to 19:00pm,
we will drop you off at the bus station in Vientiane.
Leave Vientiane behind as you board the Local Air-conditioned Bus - night bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Pakse around 20:00pm
Accommodation: Local Air-conditioned Bus - overnight bus
Note: If you haven’t booked accommodation through Go Beyond Asia, please inform us your hotel name, and address in advance.
Day 2: Pakse to the Tree Top Camp. Past flushing waterfalls and local villages until you check into your Tree House 10 above ground.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the local representative office and travel onwards towards the Bolaven Plateau and the Tree Top Camp at 08:30 AM. After an hour drive you will arrive at Ban Nongluang. Stroll for a while through the village and chat with the local people. The village guides will accompany you for the next three days and give you important safety instructions. You will hike through coffee plantations and vegetable gardens. The trail winds down for a while, sometimes quite steeply, passing ravines, beautiful waterfalls and flower-studded plateaus along the way. Pass the huge Tiger waterfall and reach the giant Kamet fall where the water plunges more then 100m down into densely forested valley basins with waterfalls apparently everywhere. This is where the zip lines start and the real thrill takes its course. Brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime! Your lunch will be served in the wilderness around you.
After a day of great activity, you will finally settle for the night in Tree Top Camp. Your home for the next 2 days and nights will be a tree house almost 10 m above ground. These houses are designed in traditional style, made of wood, bamboo, and grass – and they can only be reached by a zip line!
Breakfast and dinner will be served in a nearby restaurant area. Accompanied by the fiddling sound of the forest crickets, the day will turn into night and a good nights sleep is waiting for you.
Accommodation:Overnight at Tree House in Tree Top Camp
Day 3: Tree Top Camp. Trek and zip-line through the jungle, and swim in the Red Rock stream
Wake up to a simple European-style breakfast and prepare for an easy 30-minute trek through lush forest before you reach the first zip line cable. Be ready for extended flights through the jungle canopy with the longest zip line being 400m. Its speed, infinity and proximity to the usually invisible upper level of the forest is an amazing and unforgettable experience.
Lunch is served in the midst of nature. You will return to the camp in the late afternoon by passing the 'Red Rock' stream, where you will have time for a bit of rest and a swim before spending the night at the Tree Top Camp and falling asleep in your tree house.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Tree House in Tree House Camp
Day 4: Tree Top Camp to Pakse. Trek though the jungle and Via Ferrata your way to magnificent views
After breakfast, you will slowly trek uphill, passing a section of forest where gigantic trees dominate, obviously not yet spotted by illegal loggers. Then it gets a bit tough and jaw dropping when the trail suddenly ‘ends’ at a steep rock wall, only passable on a 'via ferrata', where iron U-bolts are glued into the rock. There's no way of getting around but to overcome this obstacle in order to get to the other side. Don't worry, it's safe and you are secured by state-of-the-art safety gear. It's not really long either, but immensely thrilling!
Upon reaching the top of the mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area, an open plateau rewards you for all the 'hardship' with stunning views of three waterfalls and vistas over the Mekong deep into neighbouring Thailand. You will take your lunch here before an easy 1.5 hours hike back to Ban Nongluang, where a car is waiting to bring you to Pakse.
Accommodation:Overnight at Forest Hotel, or similar
Day 5: Pakse to Don Khone, 4000 islands. Bicycle the Don Khone and explore the Mekong and other islands by boat
Self transfer to the bus station where your guide will meet you, 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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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