The best attractions for a 5-day tour in Southern Laos

Created by Dang Huy at 2024-06-26 14:18:42 , Updated by Dang Huy at 2024-06-30 17:28:04
Let’s visit Southern Laos, a region with a rich diversity of cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty

Asia King Travel is excited to present to you an itinerary for a 7-day tour in southern Laos, designed to showcase the diverse attractions of this region. This tour provides an opportunity to experience the southern region of Laos, famous for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

A southern Laos tour offers a thrilling adventure

A southern Laos tour offers a thrilling adventure (Cre: Cattour)

Why You Should Visit Southern Laos

As a hidden gem in Southeast Asia, Southern Laos is a haven blending cultural richness, historical depth, and natural beauty, making it a destination not to be missed for travelers.

First of all, you have Champasak province, with its main city Pakse, along with other provinces like Attepeu and Salavan, which have a peaceful and ancient charm. You can explore temples, museums, and other attractions that highlight the region's history.

Beyond its historical allure, Southern Laos also possesses beautiful natural scenery as well, including waterfalls and islands along the Mekong River, perfect for you to relax and enjoy the view.

Why you should visit Southern Laos

Why you should visit Southern Laos (Cre: Renown Travel)

Best time to visit Southern Laos

The best time to visit Southern Laos is during the dry season from November to April. This time of year has cooler weather, less humidity, and better road conditions. It is perfect for outdoor activities that you can enjoy. You can visit waterfalls, rivers, and cultural sites, even wildlife viewing.

Also, this is the time when many festivals and cultural events take place, providing you with opportunities to immerse yourself in local traditions.

Best time to visit Southern Laos

Best time to visit Southern Laos (Cre: World Travel Guide via Facebook)

Southern Laos Full 5-day itinerary

Day 1: Pakse

Upon arrival in Pakse, first, you need to check into your accommodation. Then, you can immerse yourself in the local experience with a visit to the lively Pakse Market.

In the afternoon, you can start exploring Pakse's cultural richness. Starting with Wat Luang, the city's largest and most prestigious temple. This hidden gem remains largely unknown to tourists, offering a unique attraction to explore.

Wat Luang, Pakse, Southern Laos

Wat Luang, Pakse, Southern Laos (Cre: Discover Laos Today)

Then you shall continue your cultural journey at the Champasak Provincial Museum, where you can delve into the region's history through a collection of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, and ethnic artworks.

Then, let’s end your day with a sunset view from Pakse Bridge, overlooking the Mekong River, shall we? We suggest having a delightful dinner at a nearby restaurant, which will complete your first day in Southern Laos.

Day 2: Wat Phou and Bolaven Plateau

On our second day, let’s go outside of the urban center of Pakse, and explore two rural but famous attractions in Champasak Province, Wat Phou, and Bolaven Plateau.

The first attraction is rather an iconic one - it’s Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple complex recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This temple has a deep spiritual significance for the Lao people, particularly during the annual Boun Wat Phou Festival.

Wat Phou, Champasak, Southern Laos

Wat Phou, Champasak, Southern Laos (Cre:

After exploring Wat Phou and its grounds, you can spend your afternoon on the Bolaven Plateau, exploring nature. It is known for its refreshing climate, coffee plantations, and waterfalls. A site you must visit there is the Tad Fane Waterfall. It features a magnificent scene where two parallel falls pour down at a height of over 100 meters.

If you are interested in the coffee-making process, you can also visit a local coffee plantation to learn about coffee production and enjoy freshly brewed samples.

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Day 3: 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don)

Now, on your third day, you’ll spend this entire day visiting the tropical paradise, Si Phan Don, also known as the "4000 Islands". If you thought Laos doesn’t have islands because it’s a landlocked country, well, you’re mistaken. Laos indeed has islands, and uniquely, they are located in the Mekong River - they are just as beautiful as the ones out of the sea.

Start your day early by traveling to Si Phan Don, where you'll take a boat to Don Khong, the largest island. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in its charming villages and serene atmosphere.

Si Phan Don, Southern Laos

Si Phan Don, Southern Laos (Cre: Vietravel)

In the afternoon, continue your exploration of Si Phan Don by visiting adjacent islands such as Don Khon and Don Det. Here, you'll discover historical sites like the old French railway bridge and marvel at the majestic Li Phi Waterfalls. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River.

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Day 4: Salavan

Now, on the fourth day, let's say goodbye to Champasak and wander off to the natural splendor of Salavan province on our fourth day. 

First, start your morning by departing for Salavan. Along the way, you will stop at Tad Lo Waterfall to immerse yourself in its tranquil beauty. Perhaps, you can even take a refreshing swim.

Tad Lo Waterfall, Salavan, Southern Laos

Tad Lo Waterfall, Salavan, Southern Laos (Cre: Visit Southeast Asia)

In the afternoon, you shall continue your journey with a visit to Tad Soung Waterfall, another picturesque spot ideal for relaxation and capturing memorable photographs.

Day 5: Attapeu

On our final day, let’s visit another large city in Southern Laos, shall we? Make your way to Attapeu, where you'll first visit Wat Pha Saysettha, a significant religious site with a serene atmosphere, offering insights into the spiritual life of the local community. 

In the afternoon, let’s change it up a little and go for nature exploring again. Let’s head to the Dong Ampham Conservation Area, famous for its rich biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes. You can freely wander through the conservation area to explore its unique flora and fauna. One of the highlights of this site will surely be the Sae Pong Lai Waterfall, considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Laos.

Dong Ampham Conservation Area, Southern Laos

Dong Ampham Conservation Area, Southern Laos (Cre: Laos Tours)

Finally, when the sun’s about to set, let’s begin your return journey to Pakse. You can enjoy the scenic views of the Laotian countryside and reflect on your trip. If time permits, why not make additional stops at some points of interest that catch your eye to enjoy the few hours you have left?

Upon arriving in Pakse in the evening, you can either stay overnight, enjoying one last evening in this vibrant city, or prepare for your next journey elsewhere, perhaps to neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia. We certainly hope so, as Southeast Asia is surely an underrated gem that is waiting to be discovered.

Some tips on visiting Southern Laos

  • Visa: Check if you require a visa to enter Laos and ensure you have the necessary documents and fees ready upon arrival or beforehand.
  • SIM Card: Purchase a local SIM card upon arrival for affordable data and phone calls to stay connected for navigation and communication with travel apps.
  • Wi-Fi: Many hotels, restaurants, and cafés offer free Wi-Fi, although speeds may vary in rural areas or during peak times.
  • Pay respect to the local culture: Laos is a highly devoted Buddhist country, and locals value their culture and traditions highly. So when visiting temples, palaces, or museums, you must dress appropriately and discreetly to respect the local culture and avoid displeasing them.
  • Safety: When visiting waterfalls and the riverside, always prioritize safety. Watch for slippery rocks and swim only in designated areas.
  • Weather: Southern Laos can be hot and humid, so pack light, breathable clothing, and stay hydrated. Don't forget insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Local Cuisine: Be sure to try local dishes like laap (minced meat salad), tam mak hoong (papaya salad), and sticky rice.

In conclusion, this 5-day itinerary provides a balanced mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions, offering a comprehensive and enriching experience in Southern Laos. Asia King Travel believes this plan will offer a truly memorable journey for you. Contact us now to create your personalized 5-day tour of southern Laos!

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