Along the Mekong river in Laos to discover the nature forever of Laos

The southern Laos has the beauty of water and land
"I've travelled all over Asia but from the sanctuary of La Folie Lodge I almost wonder why I bothered. Here, in a relatively small area of southern Laos I feel I've found a microcosm of the rest of the continent, but without the crowds or the cynicism."

Day 1. Bangkok – Ubon – Pakxe 
Day 2. Mekong Cruise. Pakxe – Champassak - Wat Phou
Day 3. Wat Phou – Khong Island
Day 4. Don Khone - Pha Pheng waterfall - Pakxe
Day 5. Pakxe - Xekong City – Song village
Day 6. Song – Ban village
Day 7. Ban village – Ban La village
Day 8. Immersion into Katu Life
Day 9. Ban La– Ban Ape
Day 10. Ban Eo – Camp on the River Xekong
Day 11. Xekong river camp – Xekong City - Pakxe
Day 12. Pakxe – Ubon – Bangkok
 
Drive to Ubon aiport for your departure flight.
 
Day 1. Bangkok – Ubon – Pakxe 
 
 
Upon arrival at Ubon airport, the local guide will welcome you. Then, take a 3 hour drive to Pakxe , arriving at around 3pm. After touring the city, spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.
 
Day 2. Mekong Cruise. Pakxe – Champassak - Wat Phou
 
 Board a long-tail boat for a 2h30 cruise down the Mekong river. Upon reaching Champanssak, reboard a cruise ship and check in cabin. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of Vat Phou, a unique, majestic temple Climb to the highest temple to explore Vat Phou Museum. Once back onboard the boat, cruise down and dock at a remote Laotian village to enjoy spectacular sunset.
 
Day 3. Wat Phou – Khong Island
 
After breakfast, board a small boat to Huei Thamo, a small typical Laotian village. Explore the hidden forest temple of Oum Muong before returning to the boat. Continue to cruise southward. Enjoy lunch on board.
 
Travel to the paradise area of Four Thousands Islands. Visit a small island and Ban Deau Tia before cruising across the archipelago to Don Khong, a wild island.
 
Enjoy dinner on board.
 
Day 4. Don Khone - Pha Pheng waterfall - Pakxe
 
Early in the morning, cruise across the Four Thousand Islands. Stop at Ban Veuthong village to navigate some wild islands. Next, explore the old French railway by crossing a small bridge between Khone and Det Island.
 
After lunch, visit the Pha Pheng waterfall, often referred to as the Niagara of the East.
 
Return to Pakxe and spend the night in a Pakxe hotel.
 
Day 5. Pakxe - Xekong City – Song village

In the morning, take a 2h30 drive to Xe Kong city, the capital of Xekong province. Next, continue driving on a dust road on some ridges of the anamitic range.  Around 3pm, cross the Xekong river by an old US ferryboat and drive 1h through the bush to Ban Song village.
 
Upon arrival, settle into a Katu home. Get acquainted with the locals and spend the relaxing evening in the Katu homestay
 
Day 6. Song – Ban village
 
Today, trek 6 hours, ascending 300 meters. At dawn, head for the trail, passing by the village cemetery with its bizarre burial mound. Walk in the valley between luscious, rolling paddy fields before reaching the foot of the Poung Tuan massif, a vast dome that is home to wild elephants and tigers. Arrive in a Katu hamlet of just ten households in the middle of the mountain slope. Rest in the hamlet for a while. Refreshed, make the 30 minute climb to the high pass and get your first glimpse of the mountain path which descends into the jungle via the north face. Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Annamite Cordillera. Descend into the jungle for 30 minutes, followed by another moderate climb leading to the lost Katu village of B Hito. At its center lies a communal house that, in a testament to previous eras, is still in excellent condition. The path overlooks Nam Pak, a set of intriguing caves and gushing waterfalls. High forests dominate the area which is a home for gibbons and numerous other primates. After passing over small bamboo bridges, take a one hour trek along the hillside before the ,trail enters the valley of Nam Dok. Here, tranquil, glimmering pools have been dug into the valley by the flowing waters, providing a perfect opportunity for relaxation, picnicking, and swimming before continuing along the way. Arrive in Ban village by 4 p.m. and spend the night in a Katu home.
 
Day 7. Ban village – Ban La village
 
Today, trek 7 hours, ascending 700 meters. Leave Ban at around 7 a.m. and walk along a peaceful small river path before ascending 200m to the B Ro, the first village of Katu Land. The path then follows a series of tranquil clearings and deep rivers that cut into the red sandstone. Trek downhill for one hour to the Katu village of B Ro, comprising a group of 20 houses and around 200 families. Here, visit an old Katu home where you will learn about the history and the unique cultural practices of the local population. After leaving the village, follow the trail along the river, crossing the suspension bridge built by Amica Travel specifically to facilitate this tour. Continue along the jungle track, a branch of the famous Ho Chi Minh trail formerly used by the North Vietnamese fighters. Here, you will have the extraordinary opportunity to stay in the house of a host family. Settle in and meet the locals who will share their traditional lifestyles and world view with you. Before nightfall, learn about fundamental Katu skills such as how to shell a paddy and how to handle a winnowing basket. This Katu village, a hidden gem and jewel among the villages of South Laos ethnic minority, is home to a mere 9 houses and 10 families, for a total 75 Katu inhabitants. The setting of this wonderful village at the foot of a small hill, dominated by high mountain crests and surrounded by verdant forests of 100-year-old trees truly makes for a timeless and unforgettable experience.
 
Take an unique immersion opportunity in the lives and activities of the last Proto-Indo-Chinese cultures. In a world untouched by French colonialism, wars, and the influence of Laos and Vietnam, witness and join in with traditional seasonal activities such as planting rice, managing the land with slash-and-burn techniques, fishing in shimmering streams, and collecting medicinal plants from the bountiful jungle.
 
Day 8. Immersion into Katu Life
 
The group (divided into subgroups of 3 to 4 people) will depart from the village at 7:30 a.m. and head into the rice fields to participate in seasonal agricultural activities such as sowing in October, or harvesting in November. After a morning of traditional labor, enjoy a picnic in the scenic fields before heading back to the village, collecting edible plants for the evening’s meal in the forest along the way. Spend the afternoon learning about Katu handicrafts of weaving and basketry, village maintenance, livestock management and wood gathering. Late afternoon, take an optional 1.5 hour hike up to the nearest summit. Marvel at the spectacular view overlooking the village as the sun casts its final glowing rays.
 
Day 9. Ban La– Ban Ape
 
Today, trek 7 hours, ascending 700 meters. Following breakfast, hike 1.5 hours to B Vuling, a Katu village of about 15 households. After visiting the town, climb 2 hours in the direction of Mount Phou Valo (1350m). The pathway leads though a thick forest of hundred year old pine trees, eventually arriving at a pass in the mountain range. Descend into a dense Dipterocarpaceae forest, stopping for lunch on the river bank. Arrive by afternoon at Village Number 4, a Katu eagle’s nest high in the hills. Settle into a local home for the night.
 
Day 10. Ban Eo – Camp on the River Xekong
 
Depart early from Village Number 4 and head out onto a beautiful trail. Cross a series of valleys and streams, occasionally passing through thick undergrowth. In this vast, open land abounding with mountains and forests, the stunning landscape is rich with awe-inspiring views. Arrive at a small village by around 10 a.m. The trail continues along the crest, making a steady descent before rising again into the next valley. At around noon, reach the river where your canoes await. After lunch, board a canoe for a 4 hour trip down the river to a campsite in a stunning clearing near the jungle.
 
Option: Spend 1 day and 1 night in the Xe Xap jungle.
 
Day 11. Xekong river camp – Xekong City - Pakxe
 
Traveling in small, flat-bottom boats called pirogue, cross the final rapids in the river, and then continue by canoe down the river. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, then drive 2.5 hours to return by Jeep to Xekong City. Or, should you wish, opt for the 8-night trek in which you stay an extra night deep in the jungle. Discover one of the last jungles of the Indochinese Peninsula, a wild region of tigers and various primates, exploring its fauna and flora, and staying in a bivouac tent in the jungle.
 
Spend the night in a Pakxe hotel.
 
Option : Board a canoe for a 4-hour cruise to Xekong city.
 
Day 12. Pakxe – Ubon – Bangkok
 
Drive to Ubon aiport for your departure flight.
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Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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