4-Day Southern Laos

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Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Travel back in time to visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Phu
  • Cruise the backwaters of Siphadone and explore the beauty of Khong Island
  • Chance to see the fresh water Irriwaddy dolphins

tour details

This journey combines the best of the pre-Angkorian history of Southern Laos with the natural beauty of the Siphadone backwaters and the local waterfalls.

Why choose this tour?

Take a journey on roads less travelled to visit the hidden gems of southern Laos. Discover pre-Angkorian temples and the stunning natural beauty on offer.



Arrival at Pakse International Airport (PKZ) and transfer to Khong Island by car.

Stop to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.

Late afternoon
You will arrive at Khong Island in the late afternoon and have time to check in to your hotel before enjoying the sunset.

Estimated driving time/distance:
3.5 hours/150 kilometres

Meal included:
Dinner at the hotel
Breakfast is at the hotel.

After breakfast cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14km, the river's widest reach along its 4,350km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the South China Sea; when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets. Visit the surrounding islands of Don Det for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Don Khone Island and see the old steam-locomotive, the last remaining sign of the ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith waterfall. Its other name ‘Li Phi’, means ‘Spirit Trap’. The locals believe that bad spirits are trapped at the falls and get washed downstream.

Return to Ban Khone. Board a local longtail riverboat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue by car to Veumkham and take a local boat and travel 20 minutes up steam to visit fresh water Irrawaddy Dolphins (this part of the trip is only possible from October to May). Return to Khong Island accommodation.

Meal included:
Lunch at a local restaurant
Dinner at the hotel
After breakfast at the hotel and before leaving the island, visit Wat Hangkhong, considered the oldest temple on the island, then, continue to Ban Huay village and finally Muang Sene. Transfer by car to the former royal capital of Champasak, with lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue by car to the pre-Angkorian Wat Phu Temple (6th-13th centuries). Wat Phu Temple lies on a hillside and offers spectacular views on the surrounding plains and on the Mekong River. UNESCO listed Wat Phu Temple as a World Heritage site in 2002. 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. Continue to Pakse and check in at the hotel.

Estimated driving time/distance:
3.5 hours/150 kilometres

Meal included:
Lunch at a local restaurant
Dinner at the hotel
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Pakse International Airport for the flight departure to your next destination.

customise the tour

  • Extend your stay with a day, overnight or 2-night trekking and jeep coffee tour in the Bolaven Plain from Pakse 
  • Extend your stay in Laos with a 2 or 3 night stopover in Luang Prabang or Vientiane


  • Accommodation in shared double/ twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunches & D = Dinner as program mention.
  • Transfers and tours with your selected local Speaking guide in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and towels available on the vehicles
  • Local government tax.


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Lao (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • 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
  • 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
Tour code: 4STLEC

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