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Wat Phou Cruise 3 days
Pakse to the “Niagara of the East”, and the discovery of one of the wonders of the world, the treasures of Khmer architecture.
Pakse to the “ Niagara of the East”, and the discovery of one of the wonders of the world, the treasures of Khmer architecture
The Vat Phou is a 34-meter long, air-conditioned converted rice bage consisting of twelve twin rooms, all of which are ensuite. There is a large shaded front upper deck, perfect for relaxing and gazing at the passing long scenic stretches and a restaurant onboard. Our cruise downriver takes us to Pakse to Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall Khong Pha Peng, also known as the “Niagara of the East”, and the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Wat Phou . Wat Phou is a wonderful archaeological site of Khmer civilization, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
High season: From 01 November 2008 to 30 Apr 2009Departures every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on a cruise down or cruise up
Low season: From 01 May 2007 to 30 September 2008 Departures every Tuesday for Cruise up & Saturday for Cruise Down
For safety reasons and according to navigation conditions, the program may be amended without previous notice
Day 1: Pakse - Champassak - Vat Phou
Early morning 10h30 a.m. departure from Pakse for Champassak, heading south aboard a local longtail riverboat, zigzagging through mild rapids and sand banks, arriving at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of Vat Phou, the boat’s namesake. As dusk falls board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the deck, dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village. Overnight On board. (L, D)
Day 2: Huei Thamo - Oum Moung Temple - Khong Island
Breakfast on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo, only a few minutes walk away from the Atacular hidden forest temple of Oum Moung. Afterwards rejoin the boat for a cruise southwards and lunch on the deck, while we continue our leisurely sail further south to the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands”, visiting Khong Island and the village of Muang Kong, where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Back on board for a sunset cruise and a quiet dinner, under the stars, serenaded by the songs by the songs of the buffalo toads. Overnight On board. (B, L, D)
Day 3 : Veuthong - the “Niagara of the East - Xieng Di - Pakse
Breakfast on the deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong where we will board a small long-tail boat to Khone Island. After visit, take a long tail boat back to the main land for lunch amid the by-gone splendid of another age; colorful French colonial houses and an old customs post, alongside a stone quay. Take a minivan to amazingly scenic splendor of the Khong Pha Peng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“, close to the Cambodian border. Back to “civilization, for the two hours ride to Pakse, arriving in the afternoon, about 3:50 p.m. (B, L)