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Day 01    Phnom Penh departure en route, Border cross, Phanpheng waterfall visit and Pakse arrival
Day 02    Full-day Bolaven Plateau visit
Day 03    Full-day Khong Island visit
Day 04    Khong Island departure, Border cross and Phnom Penh arrival


DAY 01    PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE-PHANPHENG WATERFALL-PAKSE ARRIVAL

From our meeting point, we will be transferred to Express bus station for our trip to Trapaeng Kriel/Dongkalor border point (will take about 10 hours to get the check points). On arrival at the border point, we will get our Laos visa-on-arrival and it will take about half an hour. After crossing the border, we will meet our guide here and transfer to Pakse. On the way, we will visit Phanpheng waterfall located south of Don Khong the Mekong River, a 13km stretch of powerful rapids with several sets of cascades and the largest and the most awesome waterfall. We will have a great view of the falls from a wooden pavilion on the Mekong shore. After enjoyment here, we will continue our destination to Pakse. On arrival in Pakse, we will check in and enjoy our stay in Pakse. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Pakse. (D)

DAY 02    PAKSE-BOLAVEN PLATEAU
After breakfast, we will make a visit to a local market and then have a scenic drive to Bolaven Plateau spreading across the northeast of Champassak province into Salavan and Sekong. Bolaven Plateau is famous for its cool climate, dramatic waterfalls, fertile soil and high-grade coffee plantations. On the way, we will visti Tad Phasuam, the local village of Laos ethnic minority over here. On arrival at Bolaven Plateau, we will check in at our eco-resort overlooking the Tad Fane Waterfalls thundering down in a 200m deep gorge. Then, we will explore the diverse nature trails and hike up to the Dan Sin Say Plateau. Passing a hanging bridge, our stroll will go through coffee plantations and local villages where we will meet the ethnic tribes such as the Laven, the Alak, the Katu and Suay people. Lunch will be served.

In the late afternoon, we will return to our hotel and enjoy the nature of Bolaven Plateau. Dinner at a local restaurant or resort. Overnight at Bolaven Plateau. (B, L, D)

DAY 03    BOLAVEN PLATEAU-CHAMPASSAK-KHONG ISLAND

After breakfast, today we will explore Khong Island measures 18km long by 8km at its widest point. We will drive to the local boat pier to take a local ferry cruising along the Mekong River to Champassak. On the way we will visit the ancient Khmer religious complex of Wat Phu stretching 1400m up to the lower slopes of the Phu Pasak range. Sanskrit inscriptions and Chinese sources confirm the site has been worshipped since the mid 5th century. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive and then continue our ferry boat voyage to Don Khong, one of the larger permanently inhabited islands in the Si Phan Don-Four Thousand Islands. Option: it is the best exploration with pedal around Don Khong area with a reasonable dirt road circumvents the island. Enjoy our stay at Khong Island. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Khong Island. (B, L, D)

DAY 04    KHONG ISLAND-DONG KALOR BORDER-PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL
After breakfast, we will depart Laos and on arrival at check point at Dong Kalor border, we will have our immigration processes and then get on our bus to Phnom Penh. (B)

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Hotels in Laos:
Champassak Palace Hotel, Pakse    Standard        www.champasakpalacehotel-pakse.com
Tad Fane Resort, Bolaven Plateau     Standard        www.tadfaneresort.com
Pon Arena Hotel, Don Khong               Standard        www.ponarenahotel.com

Travel Date                     Booking Status                Booking Closing Date
25-28 Apr, 2012                Available                          12 Apr, 2012


INCLUDING:
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room basis with daily breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Guidance of English speaking local guide through the trip in Laos as per program
  • Keness representative throughout the trip
  • Express bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Trapaeng Kriel border and vice versa
  • Private vehicle during the excursions mentioned in the program
  • Entrance Fees during guided time
  • Drinking water and snow towel during the excursions
  • Laos government taxes and service charges
  • 10% Cambodia government Value Added Tax (VAT)