Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.