PHOU KHONG MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE
Phou Khong Mountain overlooks Laos and Thailand territories. The landscape is characterized by unusual rocky cropping up rocks. The area is known for its rare orchid species. There are general interesting cultural, natural and religious sites on the Phou Khong. It is a moderate 4 hours hike.
Ban Mai Singsamphan located on the Mekong River, north of Pakse, a Lao Loum trading and fishing village is regularly visited by Thai tourists, on weekends, who are purchasing local Lao products. Ban Mai is secluded and the boat ride to the village covers a very beautiful and undeveloped stretch of the Mekong. Home stay in local families with in-door bathrooms is organized. The food consists of local fish dishes in traditional Lao style.
Day 1: Pakse – Ban Mai Singsamphan
Depart from Pakse, we travel by local transport toward north. We then take a 1.5 hour boat ride on this undeveloped stretch of the Mekong. We arrive at Ban Mai Singsamphan village in the afternoon. We take a walk around the village and to nearby forest and river bank, watch the sunset from this peaceful, remote location, enjoy Mekong fish for dinner with villagers. We spend the night at the eco-lodge in the village
Approximately: 2 hours trekking/ 1.5 hours boat trip/ 40 minutes transfer
Day 2: Ban Singsamphan – Don Kho Island
We wake up for an early breakfast, then ready to take a short boat ride to the starting point to hike through Phou Khong Mountain with local guides, exploring its rich flora including orchids and wild mushrooms, enjoy the landscape, one of a kind rock outcroppings, dense forests, archeological remains of a former civilization, and sweeping views of the Thailand/Laos border area. We’ll enjoy local style picnic at the end of the hike with village hosts before returning to the village.
From here, we continue 2 hours down the Mekong to Don Kho Island, the original location of French Colonial Administration in Champassak. We spend the night at the eco-lodge in the village.
Approximately: 2 hours boat trip/ 5 hours trekking
End of 2 day tour: We return to Pakse from Ban Singsamphan (Approximately: boat 20 minutes/ 40 minutes transfer)
Day 3: Don Kho Island – Pakse
Following breakfast, we’ll visit a weaving village on the island. After lunch, we cross the river to Ban Saphai and take the tuk-tuk back to Pakse in the afternoon.
Approximately: 3 hours sightseeing/ 25 minutes transfer by tuk-tuk or 2½ hours by boat