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Southern Laos

Mountains to Rivers through Remote Villages

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Southern Laos

Custom Travel | 11 Days
  • Lush landscapes full of waterfalls, rice fields, and protected forests ideal for walking and birdwatching
  • Rich history from ancient temples to French colonial architecture
  • Mekong River cruise aboard a restored teak-wood ship explores stunning temples, breathtaking scenery, and river life
  • Village visits with opportunities to witness cultural traditions and share time with students at a local school
  • Custom trip—this sample itinerary is just a starting point

The hills of little-visited southern Laos are rich with charming villages and mysterious temples, not to mention remarkable landscapes: lush green rice fields, coffee and tea plantations, surging waterfalls.

On this trip you arrive in Vientiane to get a feel for the city before traveling up to the cool and remote Bolaven Plateau for walks amid plantations and hikes to cascading waterfalls. Explore a host of pre-Angkorian temples, and complete the trip with a relaxing cruise along the Mekong River, watching sunsets from the deck and taking in life along the waterways.

Trip Overview

1 – 3

After walking among Vientiane’s French colonial architecture and temples, begin your journey into southern Laos, stopping at the Wat Phrabat Phonsan temple in Pakson Cruise through the Kong Lor Cave by lamplight, admiring the cavern’s towering stalactites and stalagmites and emerald-tinted waters Stretch your legs on a hike through the limestone forest of Phou Hin Boun.

4 – 5

Drive into the fertile Bolaven Plateau, characterized by lush landscapes and scenic waterfalls Sample locally-produced coffee and tea on visits to highland plantations Spend an afternoon hiking, taking in panoramic views, and cooling off in the waters of Tad Moun waterfall.


Admire picturesque Tad Fane and Tad Yeuang waterfalls, then continue on to Pakse, the capital of Champassak province A short boat ride brings you to your tranquil lodge, located on car-free Don Daeng Island.

7 – 9

Board a beautifully restored teak-wood ship for a two-night cruise among spectacular temples and charming small villages Meander through the beautiful section of the river known as “4000 Islands” by longtail boat and witness the largest waterfall on the Mekong Disembark and return to Pakse by road.

10 – 11

On a visit to a nearby village, witness traditional wood carving techniques originating from the Ta Oy ethnic group Continue to the enigmatic Phu Asa Temple, nestled in the dense jungle above the Xe Pian Wetlands Transfer to the airport in Pakse and depart.


Dates & Prices


Custom Trips offered November - April


From $6,050 per person (Custom Trip)


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled or filtered water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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