Less travelled routes invite you to explore the culture, nature, and a refreshingly slower pace of life in Southern Laos.
The mighty Mekong River – a true lifeline for many people living on the plains – not only offers the exotic Four Thousand Islands and Southeast Asia’s biggest waterfall, but also opportunities to discover traditional riverside village ways of life. You can kayak or cycle along its banks, hop on boats from one island to the other or simply relax and enjoy the river and time going by.
Explore the stunning waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau, and learn how coffee is grown and processed on the rich volcanic soils before tasting a freshly brewed cup of Lao coffee. Enjoy an easy trek to an ethnic village or go for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, zip-lining across waterfalls and walking high up above the jungle floor, through the forest canopy.
Vat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in beautiful surroundings, where you can immerse yourself in nature and go back in time. Take a break and stop in charming Champasak for some more history, French colonial buildings, the intriguing Shadow Puppet Theatre or go for a relaxing massage.
Explore some options for ecotourism activities in the Xe Pian National Protected Area. Ride on the back of an elephant, go on a forest trek, or simply observe life in the wetlands. Last but not least, discover the cultural and historic treasures of Pakse, Southern Laos’ main city, where the Sedone River flows into the mighty Mekong River and where modernity meets with local tradition. The natural charms of Southern Laos offer you a truly diverse experience beyond the ordinary.
See on Southern-Laos.com, the official tourist office website of the Southern-Laos provinces.