Southern Laos Cruise

3 Days / 2 Nights

  Pakse - Khone Island - Vat Phou

3 Days / 2 Nights

Southern Laos Cruise

  Pakse - Khone Island - Vat Phou

Cruise the Mekong River through a relaxed and beautiful corner of southern Laos. The highlights of this three-day cruise from Pakse include the temple ruins at Wat Phou and the 4000 Islands, a Mekong archipelago known for its aquatic biodiversity. Relax as the boat takes you on a journey back in time, peeking at age-old traditions and where life has changed little over the years.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring fishing villages on the banks of the Mekong River and the famous Khone Island
  • Cruising down the Mekong River in a lovingly restored teakwood river boat
  • Watching the sun set behind verdant jungles while enjoying cocktails on the boat's open-air decks
  • Visiting the remote and little-seen village of Ban Deua Tia
  • Witnessing the majestic architecture of Khmer-style temples predating Angkor Wat

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Pakse – Khone Island

DAY 1 - Pakse – Khone Island

Travel by bus to Pha Pheng Waterfall on the very southern tip of Laos where a swirling torrent of water pumps thousands of litres of water into Cambodia every second. Lunch today is at a local restaurant in the fishing village of Xieng Di, perched on the banks of the Mekong. Cruise to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where you’ll board a small boat that meanders through the archipelago to Khone Island. Visit an old French railway and stroll across the bridge linking Khone and Det Islands. At Khong Island meet the Vat Phou. This former teak wood ferry has been lovingly restored, with two large open air decks, bar and a restaurant. Relax on board and enjoy a sunset cruise and dinner, docking riverside for the night.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Vat Phou Cruise

Set sail for the village of Ban Deua Tia a small Lao village where the traditions of the past have changed little over centuries and have a chat with the locals. Cruise north to Huei Thamo, and take some time to explore the hidden forest temple of Oum Muong.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Vat Phou – Pakse

The cruise continues to Champasak where you will see Vat Phou, a 10th century temple complex that predates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat, the United Nations has now designated it a World Heritage Site. Spend a few hours exploring the ruins, which stretch for ten kilometres, and climb to the site’s highest temple.  Return to the boat for lunch before taking a long-tail boat to motor up river 2.5 hours to Pakse, where your tour will end. 

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