VL07 Wat Phu cruise ( 3 days / 2 nights )
Pakse - Champassak - Don Khong - Pakse
Day 1 Pakse - Champassak - Vat Phou
Depart in the morning (10:30am) from Pakse to Champassak. Head south aboard a local long tailed riverboat which will zigzag through mild rapids and sand banks. Arrive at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch. Next is a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Vat Phou, the boat's namesake. As dusk falls, board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise downriver. Enjoy a tropical sunset and dinner on deck. The Vat Phou will dock for the night on the shore near a remote Lao village.
Overnight onboard the Vat Phou. [Lunch, Dinner]
Day 2 Huei Thamo - Oum Moung Temple - Khong Island
Breakfast is served onboard as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo, only a few minutes walk away from the spectacular hidden forest temple of Oum Moung. Afterwards, board the boat for a cruise southwards and enjoy lunch on the deck while we continue our leisurely sail further south to the wild paradise of the 4,000 islands. Arrive in the afternoon near Khong Island (the birthplace of the President of the Peoples Republic of Laos) at Ban Dua Tae and visit this traditional Lao Village where the lifestyle has not changed for centuries. Board the boat for a quiet dinner under the stars and be serenaded by the songs of buffalo toads.
Overnight onboard the Vat Phou. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
Day 3 Ban Veuthong - Khone Pha Peng - Pakse
Enjoy breakfast on deck while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong where we will board a small long tailed boat to Khone Island. After the visit, take a long tailed boat back to the mainland for lunch amidst the bygone splendid of another age: colourful French colonial houses and an old customs post alongside a stone quay. Take a minivan to the scenic splendour of the Khong Pha Peng Waterfall ("the Niagara of the East") which is near the Cambodian border. Return to Pakse arriving in the afternoon.