3-Day Pakse Highlights Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Cruise down the Mekong River
  • Explore the peaceful Khong Island
  • See the oldest temple on Khong Island
  • Admire the sunset over the mighty Mekong River
  • Take a relaxing boat cruise and keep a watch out for dolphins

tour details

Lose yourself in the charm of Pakse, an idyllic area with traditional sites and scenic landscapes.

Transfer from the hotel in Pakse to the boat pier and board a traditional local longtail riverboat. Cruise down the Mekong River heading south toward the former royal capital of Champassak and then continue by car to the pre-Angkorian Vat Phu Temple (6th to 13th centuries). Vat Phu Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and of the Mekong River. It is also special in that it was named a World Heritage Site in 2002 by UNESCO.
Historians say that Phu Pasak was sacred to the pre-Angkorian Kingdom of Chenla (6th century) and may have been the site of human sacrifices. The temple is divided in two parts. The lower part consists of two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, which was used for ritual ablutions. The upper section, the temple sanctuary itself, once enclosed a large Shiva phallus (linga). It was later converted into a Buddhist temple but much of the original Hindu sculpture remains. The lintels feature various forms of Vishnu and Shiva as well as Kala, the Hindu god of time and death. The naga stairway is lined with plumeria (dokchampa), the Lao national flower.
After eating lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Ban Hatsaykhoune and take a ferry across the Mekong River toward Khong Island, located in the scenic Siphandone region (Four Thousand Islands). Transfer to the hotel and check in before exploring Khong Island’s lovely fishing villages, serene monasteries and lush vegetation that offer a unique opportunity to experience the peaceful Lao way of life. Visit Vat Hangkhong, which is considered to be the oldest temple on the island. Afterward, go to Ban Huay village and then continue to Muang Sene to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.

Return to the hotel and have dinner before concluding the evening.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kilometres, the river’s widest point along its 4,350 kilometre journey from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. When the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets.
Visit two of these islands, Done Det and Done Som, for a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway, which was built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall before returning to Ban Khone. Board a local longtail riverboat and float down the river to Ban Phiengdee for lunch.
In the afternoon, continue by car to the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall. This is the largest cascade along the Mekong River (6 kilometres wide), which was created by a fault line. The astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock below. Continue to Veumkham and take a 20-minute boat ride upstream to watch the Dolphin freshwater fish. (This trip is only available from October to May.)

Drive back to Khong Island and spend the night.
After eating breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Dongkalor Cambodian border checkpoint or take a return transfer to Pakse.


  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: PKZ3

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