Full day Bolaven Explorations by Jeep
Full day Bolaven
Explorations by Jeep
When adventure beckons, so has one to adjust its means of transport. Using a vintage jeep,a full day
cruising the Bolaven Plateau in search for the perfect cuppa and waterfall galore for
a moment of respite just makes southern Laos the place to be.
WHY THIS TOUR?
High in the deep southern province of Champasak lies the Bolaven plateau, an elevated area of fertile grounds and cooler temperatures within an hour’s drive from provincial capital Pakse. The remains of an extinct volcanic region have long been favoured by local minorities for their agricultural traits and by visitors for its rugged landscape…and being the unofficial coffee region of Laos.
Its elevation has gazetted the plateau in the visitor’s guidebooks for its large collection of impressive falls, its dense jungle and scattered settlements of the Laven, an indigenous ethnic group. Exploration all this are brought together by means of a vintage jeep.
08:00 - 16:30
The adventure begins from your hotel lobby in Pakse where your guide and driver are welcoming you for the journey away from the Pakse city scape and into, and onto, the Bolaven Plateau. Your means of transportation is a vintage military jeep, restored in its original state and are brought back after the war ended. With vehicles in our portfolio dating back to the mid-20th century, comfort may not be top notch but is easily overlooked when cruising over the Bolaven Plateau.
Treading in the rustic footsteps is also represented in the road we’re taking; avoiding the main roads where possible, the rural side of Laos’ Champasak province will quickly replace Pakse’s more populated townscape. En route, your English-speaking guide will explain how the Laven have flourished throughout the generations with ample examples passing by. Farmlands, plantations and the almost ubiquitous sense that coffee is an important part of the local economy, the first stop is made at a coffee plantation. Hectares of coffee bean plants reach as far as the eye can see, and with a short guided tour, this is where lunch is served.
Appropriate means on how to roast coffee, taste the difference types of coffee, and how exactly one can spot a ripe bean are taken up, accompanied the plantation owner. With a final sip of a freshly brew, we move on in our waiting jeep to the Tad Moun waterfalls, one of the many impressive falls one can find on the Bolaven Plateau. Smaller than its better-known brothers such as the Tad Fane, yet more accessible, the time to relax and enjoy the cooling waters of the pond beneath the gushing water mark the end of a day out and about.
From here, an air-conditioned vehicle brings you back to your Pakse accommodation before thanking your jeep driver for bringing a bit of nostalgia into this full day exploration.