Stars of Trek


Luang Prabang – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Tree Top Explorer – Champasak

10 Days / 9 Nights

From 155 US$/pers/day

  • Sunset on the Mekong from Vat Phra Bat Tai’s backyard, a breathtaking scenery !
  • Kuang Si waterfalls and its plenty of astonishing turquoise ponds…
  • Alms giving in Luang Prabang, a moment of intense communion with the local population.
  • The ride in a soviet jeep to the heart of the Bolaven Plateau : a fantastic adventure off the beaten track.
  • The night at Tree Top Explorer, in a « treehouse », in total harmony with nature.
  • Thematic, experiential and unique programs and journeys.
  • Direct link with full of creativity, skilled and trustworthy local agencies passionate about their destination.
  • Optimum standard of service during all your trip (before, during and after).
  • Availability of destination’s experts and access to practical informations, detailed and reajusted in real time.

From 155 US$/pers/day.

The price indicated above is only approximate, and can be subject to variation according to various factors like the season or even the number of travelers for example.

Do not forget that it is also variable considering the activities and the spirit around your trip, which can be completely customized to your wishes.

Do not hesitate to contact us to receive your own free tailored quote !

In all our programs, some meals will be included and some left at your own discretion (for some specific times, allowing you to discover some neighbourhoods for example).

Meals included will be indicated next to the Day thanks to the following abbreviations : BKF = Breakfast / LUN = Lunch / DIN = Dinner.

Note: Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, it is possible to obtain your visa on arrival (VOA). Simply bring 1 passport picture along with between USD 30 and 45 / person in cash, visa fees varying from one nationality to another. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond your return departure date. Visa on Arrival forms are available before immigration counters.

Day 1 = LUANG PRABANG (LUN)

Welcome by your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best–preserved traditional town in Southeast Asia. It is a sleepy town that has a long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with splendid natural scenery and a sense of timelessness. Magical and charming Luang Prabang is a destination that every traveler has to see once in their lifetime. In 1995, Luang Prabang was voted by the UNESCO as a World Heritage town.

Lunch at local restaurant.

We then ascend Phou Si hill. The hill commands great views over the town, the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and the mountainous ranges. It takes you 328 steps to reach the top, and at sunset set, the changing colors of the sky are particularly spectacular. The light reflecting on the golden spire of the temple at the top is also beautiful. The stairs are lined up with flamboyant and frangipani trees providing a deserved shade as you walk up and down.

Once back to ground level, end your day by stopping at the awakening Hmong minority people Night Market. It is held daily in the streets around the National Museum. Villagers come here to sell their handicrafts.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 2 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

Early in the morning, head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend alms giving. Long lines of monks and novices stroll the street of the town center to collect their daily food subsistence from the worshippers. This ancient ritual is locally known as “Tak Bat”.

Continue with a visit to the open-air food market that is held daily in the streets nearby the former Royal Palace. Lao people still like buying fresh food. While fridges are widely spread in households, people prefer going to local markets and returning home with fresh ingredients.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Half day city tour with essentials:

The National Museum that used to be the former Royal Palace where is presented the “Pra bang” sacred golden statue, giving its name to the town.

Then visit to Vat Mai, next to the National Museum.

Vat Sene, one of the most beautiful temples in town, with its red walls and golden bas-reliefs.

TAEC, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Depicts Laos ‘rich ethnic diversity with themed rotating exhibits. It is hosted in a former French colonial times judge’s mansion.

End with the Heritage House being a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional building, made of wood on poles, at the back of Vat Xieng Muane.

Drive to Ock Pop Tok weaving centre, on the bank of the Mekong. Enjoy lunch at “Silk Road Café”

Ock Pop Tok dyeing session. The Natural Dyes Class is an introduction to silkworms and silk types. In this class, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and complete their own color dyes. At the end of class you will take home 3 dyed silk skeins. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in their garden. Just to name but a few colors are turquoise, ochre, golden, ivory, emerald green, etc.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a morning visit to the beautiful Vat Xieng Thong, one of the most emblematic temples in Laos. It is located at the top of the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet.

Then, continue to the pier to board your long-boat for a highly scenic 2 ½ hour boat ride up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. In Pak Ou, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.

Return to Luang Prabang.

Lunch at “Luang Prabang Kitchen”. This 1920’s restored mansion is an enjoyable place in a quiet part of town. The terrace with frangipani trees is pleasant.

In the afternoon, cross the Mekong to Ban Xieng Mene and ascend to the top of the hill and enjoy the views over Luang Prabang form Vat Chompet. Go down the steep staircase and head to Vat Longkoun, this very distinctive temple complex that stands out for its timber post facades. If you are fortunate, take a chance to talk to the small monk community that gathers in the afternoon under the large and old mango tree in the front yard. Return to town and free time for leisure.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 4 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning you will take an excursion to Kuang Si waterfalls, a picturesque series of cascading waterfalls hidden in the forest (bring your swimsuit if you would like to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool water of the pools). En route to the falls, your guide will take you to some of the nearby ethnic minority villages for a look into Laotian rural life and a chance to interact with the locals. Enjoy picnic lunch on site.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Asian Black Bear Rescue Center.

It is also possible to hike to the top of the falls via a steep trail, and if the weather is good, you might enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water ponds.

Return to town and enjoy Petanque games with local residence. Another French legacy here. This balling game is extremely popular with Lao gentlemen. Civil servants and retired people are numerous to gather in the late afternoon and evening to share some happy moments together. Bottles of Beer Lao are often around and chit-chat playing with friends is another opportunity to cheer on any occasion!

Around 7pm, head to a local restaurant and enjoy Laotian food.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 5 = BOLAVEN PLATEAU (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your flight QV 513 to Pakse, departure at 1040 and arrival at 1220 (subject to change without prior notice from the airlines).

Upon your arrival at Pakse airport you will be met and greeted by your local Lao English-speaking guide in the arrival hall.

Lunch at local restaurant in Pakse.

After that, we will depart to the Bolaven Plateau to visit some waterfalls and ethnic villages with notably Pha Soum & Tad Lo waterfalls.

We will continue our excursion toward Paksong. En-route, time permitting, you will visit ethnic villages (Katu, Alak, Lavens) and a Mulberry farm close to Ban Thatheng.

Check-in and free time at leisure.

Accommodation at Sinouk Coffee Resort.

Day 6 = BOLAVEN PLATEAU (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the lodge.

Transfer by minivan to a meeting point. Then, we will switch vehicles from minivan to Jeep and take the road to a coffee farm (13 km /30 min on a bumpy road, sometimes muddy in the rainy season).

Upon arrival at Khamsone Coffee Farm, meet and greet Mr. Khamsone, the coffee farm owner. He will take 1 hour to give explanations about his coffee plantation. You will also get more details about coffee from planting to roasting steps, finishing by a coffee tasting to savor different kinds of Robusta, Arabica and Typical coffees.

In the late morning, trekking up to a cave, passing by coffee plantations (45 minutes).

We will then take a Jeep from the cave to a Laven village with one stopover at Tad Say or Tad Khao waterfall, depending on the season and timing.

Take a stop for lunch at a Laven village named Ban Xedkhod. Lunch in a traditional local house and visit of the village.

After lunch, we will continue by Jeep to a vegetable garden for around 1h30. We will do trekking from vegetables fields to Tad Mealouk waterfall (45 minutes).

The Jeep will drop you off at the intersection and wait for you at the first waterfall (Tad Mealouk).

From Tad Mealouk waterfall to Tad Moun waterfall by Jeep again. Here, you can also swim and take your time to relax. Fruits and beverages will be provided.

5pm: Transfer to Tad Fane waterfall. Change of vehicles back in minivan to Paksong.

Transfer back to Sinouk Coffee Resort.

Accommodation at Sinouk Coffee Resort.

Day 7 = TREE TOP EXPLORER (BKF/LUN/DIN)

After breakfast, transfer to the start point of a 3 days and 2 nights thrilling program.

We will arrive at Ban Nongluang, stroll for a while through the village and chat with the people. The village guides who will accompany us for the next three days will give important first safety instructions and we will be able to start. We will hike through coffee plantations and vegetable gardens until wild semi-evergreen forest gradually takes over. The trail winds down for a while, sometimes quite steeply, passing ravines, beautiful waterfalls and flower-studded plateaus. Along the way, the guides will explain the plants traditionally used in the village kitchen or as herbal medicine.

breath-taking canopy walkway high in the trees and crossing a steep river valley is a first challenge. You will pass the huge ‘Tiger’ waterfall and reach the giant ‘Kamet’ fall (name of a monkey), where the water plunges more than 100 m down into a relatively narrow, densely forested valley basin with waterfalls apparently everywhere. Here is where the zip-lines start and the real thrill takes its course. Brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime!

You will take your lunch in the wilderness, explore the forest secrets of the area and may take a cooling swim before mastering the unbelievable zip-lines. The cables crisscross the valley in front of the majestic water wall, stunningly high and us perfectly cooled by the spray of the water. Enjoy the sensation of being weightless and truly one with nature. Let your adrenaline rush come to a maximum. It’s joy, sheer joy!

After a day of great activity, we will finally settle for the night in the wonderful camp with restaurant nearby. For dinner, local food and absolutely delicious barbecues will be on the menu. Chatting and recollecting the gorgeous experiences of the day, or just relaxing and dreaming under the stars about the incredible wonders of life, we will finally retire into our own tree house almost 10 m above ground. These houses designed in traditional style, made of wood, bamboo, and grass, can only be reached by — a zip-line. Bathrooms near the restaurant offer hot and cold water. An instant cozy sleep shrouded by the fiddling sound of the forest crickets is guaranteed.

Day 8 = TREE TOP EXPLORER (BKF/LUN/DIN)

You will wake up amidst the warbling, piping, chirping, twittering of the innumerable birds in the dense canopy around us. A simple European-style breakfast will prepare you for an easy 30-minute trek through great forest before reaching the first cable. Be ready for extended flights through the jungle with the longest zip-line of 400 mas a real highlight. Its speed, its felt infinity, the proximity to the usually invisible upper stratum of the forest is an amazing and unforgettable experience.

A picnic lunch will be served in the best of nature. We will return to the camp in the later afternoon by passing the ‘Red Rock’ stream, where we will have time for some rest and swimming before falling asleep in our tree house for another night.

Day 9 = CHAMPASAK (BKF/LUN)

It will be one more day of challenges, but also a day for saying ‘goodbye’! After breakfast, we will slowly trek uphill, passing a section of forest where gigantic trees dominate, obviously not yet spotted by illegal loggers…

Then it will be a bit tough and jaw-dropping when the trail suddenly will “end” at a steep rock wall, only passable on a ‘via ferrata’, where iron U-bolts are glued into the rock. There’s no way of getting around but to overcome this obstacle in order to get to the other side. Don’t worry, it’s all safe and you are secured by state-of-the-art safety gear. It’s not really long either, just thrilling.

Upon reaching the top of the mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area, an open plateau rewards everyone for all the ‘hardship’ – and for a last time – with stunning views of three waterfalls and vistas over the Mekong deep into neighboring Thailand. We will take our lunch here before an easy 1½ hour hike back to Ban Nongluang, where a minivan is waiting to bring us down to Pakse and onwards to Champasak.

We will arrive at The River Resort and you will be free to settle in your room. End of the day at leisure to enjoy the Resort’s facilities.

Accommodation in Champasak.

Day 10 = PAKSE (BKF)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free for leisure until your transfer to Pakse airport for your flight out.

Note that it is also possible to drive overland to Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani airport to catch a flight to Bangkok.

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