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Xplore-Asia Day Tour

Pakse, Laos
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Visit the plantations, waterfalls, and villages of the Bolaven Plateau on a full-day tour from Pakse, and enjoy a day of cooler temperatures and lush landscapes that make a refreshing break from the low-altitude heat. With all transport by climate-controlled minivan, you’ll have a comfortable ride to Tad Fane waterfall then learn about Laos’ minority cultures, join an optional hike, and watch local weavers before returning to Pakse.
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travelwithoutmercy wrote a review Feb 2020
189 contributions236 helpful votes
We did a one day tour of the Bolaven plateau. The day was very well paced and we had ample time at the various stops. Our driver was polite, careful, had an excellent car and informative about the things we saw. All in all a great day
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Anne B wrote a review Dec 2019
Preston, United Kingdom151 contributions76 helpful votes
Booked this tour through our hotel. We had a van with driver to ourselves. We wery lucky with our driver - he spoke English and was keen to show us as much as possible. We met another couple who had done the same tour but had a driver who barely spoke a word of English and couldn't explain anything. We visited a knife foundry and shop, coffee plantation, several fantastic waterfalls, more cassava fields than you can shake a stick at and an authentic Katu village which was interesting but quite depressing as the inhabitants seemed to have zero ambition to better themselves or their living conditions. It was a long day but really worthwhile and made me want to explore further,
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Date of experience: December 2019
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MARKFRANH wrote a review Nov 2019
Nelson, New Zealand5 contributions
My wife and I did the 4 day tour of S.Laos out of Pakse in late November, 2019. It was excellent. Alex was easy to deal with by email and we had made the bookings and payment months in advance of our trip to Laos. He always responded promptly to emails from me and let us know how the arrangements were progressing for the tour. Due to lack of other bookings, our group tour ended up being a private tour with just the two of us and our guide, Tam, as well as the driver of the van. Tam was brilliant. He spoke English fluently and was great at providing information about the sites we were seeing. The tour covered everything we wanted to see in Southern Laos and I'm not sure there was anything else that one might want to have seen added to the tour in any way. We always had the sense with Tam that he had a feel for how long we wanted to spend at a destination and either added or shortened time as was appropriate. Just what you want a tour guide to do really. We NEVER went to any gift shops where you know guides are getting a commission and that again a huge plus compared to so many tours we have done elsewhere. My only bit of a constructive feedback I would offer to Xplore Asia and Alex is to perhaps work on their website a bit as it was a bit confusing initially with Xplore-Asia having a separate website from Xplore-Laos and different LAOS tours listed on the two different websites . I'd suggest you might lose potential bookings by not making sure all tours are listed in both places. Oh, and also perhaps worth mentioning that a good level of fitness is required to do the tour. Lots of walking involved and if you aren't comfortable climbing the odd steep hill, you are going to miss out in some places (e.g. Wat Phou in particular is impossible unless you can walk and climb hills). Hotels are not 5 star but we never expected that level of comfort. Other than that, all I can conclude with is a final two words: BOOK THEM!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Gayle M M wrote a review Nov 2019
Pakse, Laos2 contributions
Had private car for our trip to Bolaven Plateau, great driver, stunning scenery and lots of water falls to enjoy.
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Nicola S wrote a review Jul 2019
New Zealand80 contributions16 helpful votes
The driver/guide didn’t know a lot of English. He tried his best. So we couldn’t ask questions. He showed us some things and the villages he just let us walk around. Would have liked to know more.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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