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.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Full day Bolaven Explorations by 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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by non- air-conditioned vintage jeep with professional driver
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Pakse. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Champasak, Done Det, 4000 Islands, Chong Mek and Pakse International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • This tour includes driving over uneven paths, surfaces and off-road bumpy roads, unsuitable for pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • For this excursion, we are using vintage, renovated open jeeps. The comfort levels inside cannot be compared with our normal standards of vehicles used for touring.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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