As you follow Route 20 from Pakse to Salavanh District, stop first at the tiny tourist enclave at Tad Lo and overnight at a river with waterfalls. Continue north on Route 20 to Ban Naxai and Coconut Road before continuing to Salavanh District’s site including a bomb museum. Then, head out on Route 23 to Toumlan weaving commune and a village with cousins living in a long house.

Break away from Pakse’s hordes and travel two hour on Route 20 to the Bolaven Plateau and Xe Set River, straddled by a cosy tourist cluster, the gateway to natural and cultural attractions in “Tad Lo Water Park”. A short walk from the tourist village leads to the headliners, Tad Lo and Tad Hang Waterfalls gushing down the Xe Set, but that’s just the start. Tad Lo Lodge offers short elephant treks, cyclers can visit ethnic villages and a conservation area; and the Tad Lo Information Centre offers treks to towering Tad Soung Falls, the stone caskets, Phou Tak Khao Viewpoint and Nine-Holes Cave.
Location: Route 20, about 90 kilometers northeast of Pakse and 30 kilometers south of Salavanh Town.


Coconut lovers and the curious must stop at Ban Naxai, a simple village en route to Salavanh District, to ponder the endless coconut piles and purchase a few to drink, while connoisseurs can compare tastes. The dry season brings the largest choice of the two coconut types: the brown variety grows on a small number of tree in a specific area outside the coconut capital, thus slightly more expensive than the green ones. The younger brown coconuts are somewhat sour, while riper ones taste sweet and are said to bring fever down. The larger green coconuts also taste sweet and many consider it a hangover cure. The village also makes moonshine.
Location: Route 20, about 25 kilometers southwest of Salavanh Town.


Pass by a two meter tall, 3,000 pound bomb that stands as a pillar to Salavanh Province’s past at the entrance to the UXO Lao Office compound. Lao holds the unfortunate title as the most densely bombed country on earth, with Salavanh ranked second in provincial barrages during the Indochina War, and its UXO (unexploded ordinances) office displays the evidence. Two large bombshells stand astride the flag pole at the front door, and racks of inert bomb, a mortar, cluster bomb casings and an airplane Gatlin gun line the front walls. The entrance holds a surreal collection of clumsy looking but deadly assortment of homemade devices, miniature rockets, and land mines.
Location: Salavanh District’s main road between the Visitor Information Centre and the bus station.


Inspect distinctive looms and woven designs found only at a group of tight-knit ethnic Katang communities in Khoum-Ban Toumlan. Villagers have handed their weaving techniques down through generations,  and are rarely practiced elsewhere. Looms hang from the rafters under houses on stilts, and weavers shuttle threads up and down rather than side to side. You can watch the entire silk weaving process from moth to cloth as Toumlan weavers raise their own silkworms. The worms form yellow cocoons, and once the moth emerges, the cocoons are boiled, unraveled, and spun into threads before undergoing a natural dyeing process using leaves and insects to create different colours.
Location: Route 23, about 50 kilometers north of Salavanh District.


Don’t miss Ban Heuan Nyao (Long House Village) with its 40 metre-long home, though it once stretched 100 metres. Several generations ago, a Katang man named Mr. Lue had seven wives, and he built a long house for his families, apportioning five meters for each plus a common room, kitchen, and veranda. His wives have had several children, who intermarried, and the newly weds each continued to add five more meters to the long house. Mr. Lue’s extended family eventually reached 103 households with 17 long houses at the villages’s peak. Today’s single long households shields once used in sword fights, and the currently the village chief is also have three wives.
Location: A few km south  of Koum Ban Toumlan. You can visit khoua Ban Darbn Broken Bridge on the return to Salavanh District.

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