MEKONG DISCOVERY Our two or three day 'Four Thousand Islands' program takes in the best of this fabulous area. Furthermore we will enjoy beautiful waterfalls, villages stretching out into the islands, and a boat ride to see the rare Irrawaddi dolphins. Travelers heading to Cambodia can end their Laos tour at the border town of Veunkham.
Day 1: Pakse – Ban Hat Saykhoon - Don Khone We depart from Pakse toward the Four Thousand Islands or Si Pan Done, as they are called in Lao. We start kayaking at Hat Saykhoon village and paddle with the flowing waters of the Mekong. We pass peaceful island villages with coconut trees and stop on an island shore for a picnic lunch. We then continue to Don Khone island, spending the night in a guesthouse from where we can watch the marvellous sunset. Approximately: 2½ hours transfer / 4½ hours kayaking or rafting
Day 2: Don Khone – Liphi Waterfall - Ban Hang Khone – Dolphin Area - Ban Hang Khone
After breakfast, we take a short morning walk to see colonial buildings on the island and continue to the Liphi Waterfall to view this gorgeous natural phenomenon. We can hear the spine chilling thunder from a fall that already vexed the early French explorers. We enjoy lunch at Liphi Waterfall before paddling downstream to Ban Hang Khone through more tranquil waters and through some of the many channels in the Mekong here. Once we get to Ban Hang Khone, we take a boat for a ride to a special area in order to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins (in the dry season we may be able to paddle directly to this place), the only site left in Laos for this highly endangered species. Green Discovery Laos is working with local authorities to contribute to a dolphin conservation fund - to which a fixed percentage of all paddle tours in the area are being dedicated. Approximately: 3 hours walking / 2½ hours kayaking or rafting / 1 hour boat
Day 3: Ban Hang Khone – Don Khone - Don Ae - Khone Phapheng – Veunkham border or Pakse Khon
In the morning we take a bicycle for a tour around Don Khon island. After lunch we enjoy a short boat ride to Don Ae and then paddle from here on the Mekong for about 1½ hours. We kayak into a huge class 1-2 rapid where we are washed downstream into a long section of large whirlpools. These whirlpools have kept people out of the area for centuries so the surrounding forests shelter a surprising variety of wildlife. We continue by Tuk-Tuk to Khone Phapheng Water Fall. At the view point we overlook the Khone Phapheng falls from above. To see the sheer power of water at such close range is staggering. From here, we’ll drive back to Pakse Approximately: 3 hours transfer/ 2 hours kayaking / ½ hour boat
Note: Trip ends at Khone Phapheng, we’ll return to Pakse (approximately 3 hours). You can continue onward to Cambodia. Transfer to the border is included! Contact us for the road tour to Siem Reap.