Bolaven plateau 2 days 1 night
The Bolaven Plateau is a vast highland rising east of Pakse to an altitude of 1000-1350 meters above sea level. Created by a gigantic extinct volcano, its cooler climate, abundant rainfall and fertile soil inspired the French colonialists in the early 20th century to introduce large scale cash crop farming like coffee, tea, rubber and tobacco to the local tribes, namely the Laven (Bo-Laven = Home of the Laven), Alak, Katu, Ta-oy and Suay. Numerous rivers cutting deep into the hard volcanic bedrock have created a wide variety of waterfalls, some of them easily accessible by road. Being famous for the production of world class coffee, it has recently become a sought after tourist destination.
DAY 1: PAKSE - BOLAVEN PLATEAU
Departure: 08.00 hrs
08.30 hrs – 08.50 hrs
The first stop is the Ban Blacksmith village, spread out alongside the main access road to Bolaven. Several small family-run workshops offer their production of various farming tools, machetes and knives, all forged in simple smithies open for anyone to see.
Note: There will be no work on Buddha days.
09.20 hrs – 10.20 hrs
After a short drive the twin falls of Tad Fane are reached. With a height of 120 meters they are the tallest in Laos. The spacious wooden platform at the edge of the cliff presents a clear, unobstructed view onto the fall. The most exciting perspectives of this natural wonder are seen from the daring zipline traversing the canyon. To avoid long waiting times it is recommended to make a reservation at least one day in advance.
10.30 hrs – 12h30 hrs
Just a short drive away we arrive at Tad Yuang. There are great views of the 40 meter tall fall from the top, side and bottom. On top there is picnic area right at the riverside and a restaurant overlooking the stream. A lunch will be served to the thundering sound of water plummeting into the deep. For the fit and adventurous a steep stairway winds down to the pool at the foot of the waterfall.
12.30 hrs – 13.30 hrs
Jhai Coffee House is the one of the first philanthropic coffee roaster and café in Laos, investing part of his profit to fund local children’s sanitary education and clean water projects in Laos and hygiene programs at schools in the region.
DAY 2: BOLAVEN PLATEAU - PAKSE
Departure: 08.30 hrs
09.00 hrs – 09.30 hrs
Brief stop at the Ban Kok Phung Tai, a village populated by members of the Katu people. This animistic tribe believes in the spiritual mind and soul as well as spirits adhering to or inhabiting all things and beings. The women are known for their colorful intricate cotton weavings, while the men are skillful wood carvers. They all share a passion of smoking homegrown tobacco mixed with herbs from large bamboo bongs.
10.45 hrs – 12.30 hrs
Phouphasouk Cave a newly opened park in Salavanh Province, it is a large cave complex that was first explored by French and Lao experts. At 4600 meters long, this cave is one of the longest in the area, and is even considered one of the most beautiful caves in Laos.
(Check with us, cave can be closed during the rainning season)
13.00 hrs – 14.00 hrs
Lunch will be serve at local restaurant.
14.40 hrs – 15.40 hrs
We continue our tour to arrive at Tad Lo waterfall, another well preserved natural site with the possibility for a relaxing walk through dense indigenous forest.
Next stop will be Ban Khieng Tad Soung, Ngae community village. They worship their spirit ancestors and most of the villages around Tad Lo feature a Ho Kuan ceremonial hall.
16.10 hrs – 17.00 hrs
Final stop at a village becoming famous for its organic coffee production and Katu style cotton weaving. Entrepreneur and local guide Mr. Vieng happily shares his profound knowledge about Bolaven coffee from seed to cup and will invite you to a freshly brewed coffee. There is a wide variety of excellent coffee products and textile handicrafts for sale.
Arrival back at Pakse Hotel.
TOTAL COVERED DISTANCE: around 340 Kilometers.
13.30 hrs – 14.30 hrs
Continue to AGRO farm and enjoy the vegetables grown on the plateau around the mouth of the cold weather all year round, grown in a germ-free house with a hydroponic system, paying attention to every step from seed to your hand.
Arrive at Thateng Farm & Resort / Sinouk Resort (your choice) and overnight here.