We appreciated traveling in remote areas...the slice-of-life experiences made the trip worthwhile.
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Treetops and Tribes of the Bolaven Plateau

Explore the remote, lush, wild jungle of southern Laos from the treetops before spending time with some of the most remote villagers in southern Laos. Zipline high above the forest floor and trek through the forest as you look for some of the wildlife of the wilderness. Learn about the rare cultures of several ethnic minority tribes living in the remote areas. This seven-day itinerary takes you from Pakse and deep into the forest and surrounding villages of the Bolaven Plateau. This exhilarating holiday is full of adventure, nature and culture!

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  • Breathe deeply as you stroll through aromatic coffee fields and later get to indulge in the popular beverage yourself
  • Enjoy ziplining through the jungle looking for local monkey species
  • Learn about the everyday lives of the remote tribes inhabiting the Bolaven Plateau.
  • Trek with a local guide below the canopy and listen to an expert teach you about the lush surroundings
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Day 1

Arrive in Pakse, the third largest city in Laos, and check into your hotel-- we recommend either the Champasak Grand Hotel or the Champasak Palace Hotel. Spend the rest of this afternoon exploring the city before relaxing and enjoying dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant. Afterwards, stretch your legs with a stroll along the Mekong or Sedone rivers. Pakse is well known for its relaxed atmosphere and leisurely pace, and we encourage you to rest ahead of the next few days of challenging hikes and ziplining.

Day 2
Ban Nong Luang

Get an early start and begin your adventure by driving approximately one hour to the village of Ban Nong Luang. After arrival, take a stroll through the town and talk with some of the villagers to get an idea of what their daily lives are like in this remote part of Laos. Get to know your local guides as they brief you on safety procedures and equipment before setting out on your treetop excursion. Embark on a hike through aromatic coffee fields, fresh vegetable gardens, and steep ravines. Enjoy a breathtaking tour of the canopy on a walkway strung high above the forest floor. After passing Tiger and Kamet waterfalls and stopping for a swim, you will begin your ziplining adventure. After an incredible, if not long and tiring day, you will retire to your tree house, situated over 30 feet above the forest floor.

Day 3

This morning you will wake up in the trees before enjoying breakfast ahead of a short hike to the first zipline. Enjoy the sounds and feeling of being deep in the forest. Your guide is an expert on the overhead canopy and will assist you as you navigate from line to line. Today's highlight will likely the the 400 meter flight between trees. After ziplining, enjoy a rest and refreshing swim in Red Rock Stream. Spend the night relaxing in your simple tree house accommodation.

Day 4

Transition this morning from the forest canopy to the forest floor and enjoy a challenging hike uphill, passing massive trees and through rich forest. You will eventually reach a steep cliff face that would seem to be the end of the road for many. For you, it is merely another change of pace, as you will traverse the steep rock wall on a via feratta, a series of iron bolts and rungs implanted into the rock. It is a very safe and supremely thrilling experience. After another hike back to town, you will drive to Paksong in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau, an area well-known for its coffee production and export.  Spend this evening at Si Nouk Resort in Paksong.

Day 5

This morning, you will drive around 1 hour northeast towards the Vietnam border to Sekong, visiting an Alak village along the way. The Alak are an ethnic group of southern Laos who practice a form of animism. Their living situation is unique in that there are many smaller houses situated in a circular pattern around a central communal home. After spending time with the people living here, you will move on to your accommodation in Sekong to spend the night.

Day 6

Begin the morning by taking a 1-hour drive south to Attapeu Province, where you will visit the Brao ethnic group, certainly one of the highlights of the trip. This unique ethnic minority has a rare preserved culture that not many tourists are able to experience. Another group that follows animistic beliefs, the Brao women are also unique in how they wear very large ivory earrings and tattoo their faces. Spend time here to get a feel for remote life in this region of Laos, close to the border with Vietnam. Spend tonight in Attapeu ahead of your transfer back to Pakse tomorrow.

Day 7

Rise early this morning to begin your 3-hour drive back to Pakse. Although the transfer is lengthy, it is not dull. You will have the opportunity to see dramatic landscapes and visit the Taoy villages along the way. The villages are composed of the Ban Lan Yao, Taian Ban and the Lan Yao Neau. After reaching Pakse, you will connect to your onward flight.


Suggested Accommodations

Champasak Grand Hotel, Champasak Palace Hotel

Champasak Grand Hotel

The most modern hotel in Pakse, the Champasak Grand is located on the banks of the Mekong and is the perfect base for exploring Laos' second city and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Its 225 rooms and suites come with a king-size bed or two queen-size beds for twin occupancy. All rooms are equipped with internet, satellite cable TV, coffee and tea facilities and in-room safety deposit box. The hotel has a choice of two restaurants, both offering a mix of Lao, Chinese and international cuisines, as well as a cozy lobby bar. Facilities include a pool, gym, spa, gift shop and karaoke club.

Champasak Palace Hotel

Originally built as the palace for the last king of Laos, this impressive hotel features unique hand painted, art-deco tiles and stunning, hand-carved motifs. It also boasts the only glass lift in Laos. With 115 guest rooms and 6 different categories, there is a room to suit every budget and taste. Each room is slightly different given the design of the buildings, location and history. Guests can choose from the very large and luxurious King Suite or stylish and private Queen Suites through to the long and airy deluxe rooms, comfortable standard rooms or excellent value rooms in the Sedone Building. Champasak Palace Hotel offers a fine collection of facilities, including beautiful gardens, stunning views and easy access into town, as well as breezy indoor and outdoor restaurants, a well equipped fitness centre, massage services, and internet access throughout.
Tree Top Explorer

Tree Top Explorer

For the thrill-seeking traveler, a night at the Jungle Hotel Paksong, located within the Tree Top Explorer, will be an unforgettable adventure. Situated deep in the lush jungles and misty mountains of the Champasak province, the Jungle Hotel Paksong provides six private and secluded tree houses for the most daring of guests. Guests may spend the night suspended high in the air and experience a whole new world of wilderness and natural scenic beauty 65 feet above the ground. Each cozy hut offers comfortable beds, mosquito nets and washroom facilities. In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the restaurant hotel and take a hot shower at the service facilities nearby. During the day, guests can take a stroll through breathtaking canopy walkways and speed past pristine forests, steep gorges and waterfalls through a system of intricate zip-lines.  

Sinouk Coffee Resort

Sinouk Coffee Resort

Discover the world’s best coffee and experience beautiful tropical greenery during a stay at the picturesque Sinouk Coffee Resort. Nestled deep in the lush forests and coffee plantations in the Bolaven Plateau, this resort offers a combination of comfort and exclusivity for its guests. The resort features eight gorgeous chalets constructed by blending Western and Lao architectural styles together. Each spacious guestroom comes with free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, complimentary bottled water and other modern amenities. After checking in, patrons can take a stroll through local gorgeous gardens, trek to nearby coffee plantations and sip a fresh cup of flavorful coffee at the quaint café on-site. The hotel is also equipped with meeting facilities, salon, restaurant and souvenir shop while hospitable staff are always available and ready to help with any travel needs.

Tida Hotel

Tida Hotel

Resting by the serene Sekong River, the Tida Hotel is a modern and comfortable establishment that will satisfy all travel needs. Choose from 17 clean and spacious rooms, which are all equipped with modern amenities such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, complimentary bottled water and more. Friendly staff are also available at any time and are renowned for their excellent customer service and helpful attitudes. The hotel also offers a charming restaurant, which serves a selection of famous Lao cuisine. Located a mile away from the bustling city center, the Tida Hotel is an excellent choice from which to discover the fascinating town of Sekong. Guests will enjoy easy access to the city’s must-see destinations and attractions which include exotic markets, Buddhist temples and rustic countryside scenery. 

Dokchampa Hotel

Dokchampa Hotel

The Dokchampa Hotel is a small family-owned 54-room establishment and the most comfortable accommodation option in rugged Attapeu, Laos. Clean, comfortable rooms with air conditioning, hot water, WiFi and cable TV are luxuries hard to come by in this remote area, but are all available at this quaint hotel situated at the center of Attapeu town. The hotel also features a restaurant, laundry service, and a car park. Situated near the scenic river crossing of the Sekong and Xekaman, and only a short jaunt to the city center (1 km), the area surrounding the hotel is a great place to take in the sights, sounds and scents of this little-visited region.

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