The Mekong Delta is a vibrant hive and mouth to one of Asia’s great rivers, as well as home to millions of people in the busy towns and markets in between. The river provides transport and water to the fertile western lowlands of Laos. See green fields and sleepy villages intertwined by canals and rivulets, and self-sustaining river life. Watch longtail boats darting up and down the river, as well as dodgy smaller wooden ones used by floating market vendors. Pakse is the most populous city and the capital of Champasak Province, sitting at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers. Founded by the French, visit Talat Dao Heung (New Market) near the Lao-Japanese Bridge, famous for its fresh produce and coffee from the fertile Bolaven Plateau.
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Take a 2N Vat Phou cruise ‘Upstream’ from-to Pakse. At the Sinouk Coffee House, meet for a de-briefing. Journey by bus to the historical Pha Pheng waterfalls – the ‘Niagara of the East’; drive to Xieng Di fishing village for lunch; board small boats to Khone Island; see the old French railway, walk the bridge linking Khone-Det Islands. Board the Vat Phou at Khong Island’s Ban Veuthong village; dine cruising the Mekong; drop anchor riverside overnight. Next day sail to Ban Deua Tia; stroll the small village where time stands still. Cruise north on the Mekong past Don Xai island; after lunch visit Huei Thamo village and the mysterious Oum Muong forest temple. Overnight aboard. Post breakfast, sail to Champassak; visit the pre-Angkorian temple complex – Vat Phou ruins and onsite museum; ascend to the highest temple; return to the junk for lunch. Check out..a small boat takes you back to Pakse.
Inclued activities at Vat Phou Cruise Down River
Take a 2N Vat Phou cruise ‘downriver’ from-to Pakse. At Sinouk Coffee House, meet for a de-briefing; transfer to a longtail riverboat; head to Champassak. Explore the pre-Angkorian UNESCO Vat Phou temple complex ruins and on-site museum; anchor overnight by a remote Laotian village. Next day sail to Huei Thamo village, near the mysterious Oum Muong ruin’s ‘hidden forest temple’. Post lunch, visit the ‘4,000 Islands’ paradise with myriad waterways; stroll in Ban Deua Tia (small Laotian Village); drop anchor overnight at Don Khong. Next day sail to Ban Veuthong village; on a small boat, steer via the 4,000 Islands to Khone Island; visit the old French railway; walk across the bridge linking Khone-Det Islands; lunch at Xieng Di, the mainland’s small fishing village. Visit Pha Pheng waterfalls – ‘the Niagara of the East’ on the Laos-Cambodia border, by bus. Retrun to Pakse, drive to your hotel.