Laos

4-Day Coffee and Culture in southern Laos

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Tour type

Tour Level: Easy

Tour Comfort:

Tour Period: 4 Days

4 hours   

tour hignlights

  • Learn how to fish the Mekong with a local fisherman to guide you
  • Explore the coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plains travelling in a vintage jeep
  • Hike to hilltribe villages and learn about their traditions and cultures
  • Cycle back in time to visit the pre-Angkorian Wat Phu Temple
  • Spend an afternoon unwinding by the Mekong or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment

tour details

Escape into hilltribe culture, timeless history, wild natural beauty and the coffee plantations of southern Laos. Adventures await including, fishing on the Mekong, exploring the hidden coffee plantations in the Bolaven Plateau and cycling to discover secluded, ancient temples.

Why choose this tour?

Southern Laos produces some of the finest coffee in the world which you can discover for yourself on a unique vintage jeep tour. Go off-the-beaten-track to unspoiled rural environments and experience, interact and learn about the village life and cultures of the people living there.

 

 

We will be pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel, La Folie Lodge in Champasak.

Today you can choose to go on an organized fishing trip with a local fishermen. Discover the different Mekong fish species and/or new fishing techniques to try. Once the fishing trip is complete we will transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner and accommodation at La Folie Lodge
After breakfast at your hotel we will pick you up and travel to the Bolaven Plateau. Here you will transfer to a vintage jeep and be led by an expert guide, to learn about what makes this region of Laos perfect for growing some of the best coffee in the world. Your guide has a passion for coffee. This experience is a unique way to discover the treasures of this beautiful and wild region; its countless coffee plantations, Suay villages and secret waterfalls. The journey will be a mix of travelling by jeep and walking. You are sure to enjoy the adventure!

The region we visit is about 1 hour out of Pakse and offers an exceptional overview of the wonders of this preserved landscape. This excursion is truly an alternative adventure compared to conventional programs on the plateau, allowing travelers to discover areas still preserved from tourism. During the day you will learn all about ‘coffee culture’, from planting to roasting, and, of course, the unmissable tasting (Robusta, Arabica and Typica)! Your English speaking guide is the owner of a coffee plantation and his family have 40 years of experience growing coffee in the region. There will be an opportunity for walking around the plantations followed by a picnic lunch by the river. There is time to visit some of the nearby ethnic villages and to discover more about other vegetable cultures in the region. The day would not be complete without the chance to go swimming on the edge of beautiful secluded waterfalls. All in all this adds up to one memorable jeep trip!

After the tour is complete we will transfer back to the vehicle you were picked up in to return to your hotel.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

NB Seasonality: this trek is possible throughout the year, the plantations (coffee and vegetable), nature (waterfalls) and the meeting of the premises (villages Laven and Suay), are interesting whatever the season, however we recommend the Dry season.

Dry Season: from November to March: 80% around coffee and 20% other crops (cucumbers, cabbages, peppers). Which means you can observe the whole process around coffee.

Rainy Season: from April to October, 30% around coffee and 70% other crops. In this period, you can observe the first steps of culture Coffee, and although the grains are still green, the guide will explain the whole process so that you have a good overview
After your breakfast, at 8:30 hours, meet in the La Folie Lodge lobby for a quick briefing about today’s bicycling activity. We will help you select your bicycle and then you and your guide will start cycling over the bridge to the historic and attractive Champasak Town. The town’s pretty and colourful wooden houses in Lao traditional style (especially the Champasak last King’s wooden teak house) mix with crumbling French colonial homes that once posed as royal residences.

We will have some time for sightseeing in Champasak before continuing around 8km more to the pre-Angkorian Wat Phu Temple. Wat Phu, a World Heritage Site, means ‘mountain temple’. The temples in this complex are dated between the 6th and 13th centuries. Wat Phu lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views over the surrounding plains and the Mekong River. Hindu Khmer probably chose the site because of the spring that flows from near the top of the hill. Historians say that Phu Pasak was in fact 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. Here you will have plenty of time to visit the temple and its museum.

After visiting the site we cycle back to Champasak town where we will stop for lunch and experience Lao food from the local restaurants on the banks of the Mekong River. After lunch spend the afternoon relaxing at La Folie Lodge or visit Champasak Spa [at own cost]. Whatever you do be sure to pick a good spot to watch the amazing sunset on the sacred Wat Phou Mountains.

Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel transfer back to Pakse.

customise the tour

  • Add a Go Local Experience: Take part in an organised fishing trip with local people. Discover the different Mekong fish species and/or new fishing techniques to try. Once the fishing trip is complete we will transfer back to the hotel
  • Add a Diethelm Moment: Arise early  to observe the timeless ritual of  Tak Bat or Alms Giving in Pakse
  • Extend your holiday with a deeper exploration of southern Laos and the fascinating 4000 Islands region

included

  • 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

excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Tour code: PKPSCCSC

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