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Country: Laos
City: Mekong
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Kayaking

Package Itinerary

Destination:  Pakse, Ban Hat Saykhoon, Don Khone, Don Ae, Khone Phaphen falls 

This 3-day trip takes us down the Mekong in kayaks to the 4000 islands. See the local people engage in various daily activities along this water way. This trip is a great way to discover life along the Mekong.


Overview:

Day 1| Pakse > Hat Saykhoon village > kayaking > picnic lunch on island > Don Khone
Day 2 | Liphi Waterfall _Ban Hang Khone – Dolphin Area - Ban Hang Khone -  Sightseeing
Day 3 | Don Khone - Don Ae - Khone Phapheng – Veunkham border or  Pakse Khon Phapheng Waterfall  adventure packages 
 
Duration:
Tour starts day 1 at 8:00AM
Tour ends day 2/3 around 19:00 in Pakse
Depart/return location:
Green paradise office in Pakse*
Including: Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, All entrance fees, Travel permits
What to bring: Hat, sun-screen, clothes to get wet, firm but light footwear to get wet, mosquito repellent, flash light, change of clothes for the evening, sarong for bathing

*Note: The 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. If you choose the 2 day trip then after Dolphin Area stop at Khone Phapheng on the way to Pakse or Veunkham, respectively)


Itinerary

Day 1Mekong River Kayaking Tours from Pakse

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 

Day 2: Sightseeing and kayaking to Don 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. We are 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. After this we return to Ban Hang Khone for overnight stay in a villager's house.

Note: For those who join the 2 day tour: Instead of returning to Ban Hang Khone after visiting the Dolphin area, we take our car and drive to the majestic Khone Phapheng waterfall before returning to Pakse/camodia border.

Approximately: 3 hours walking / 2½ hours kayaking or rafting / 1 hour boat
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Day 3: Don Khone - Don Ae - Khone Phaphen falls 

In the morning we take a bicycle for a tour around Don Khone 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.


Costs 

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