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Reviewed January 20, 2016

This trek/adventure is well run, scenic, thrilling all around great time in a magical natural setting. Good communications, hotel pick up and drop off, friendly, helpful guides, good food in some amazing settings( dinner and breakfast overlooking a beautiful set of falls, lunches streamside or atop the escarpment at the falls edge) You sleep in treehouses, they even have bathrooms.The zip lining is just thrilling, the scenery jaw dropping, the staff great! The hiking is fantastic and beautiful but it is TOUGH and I hike a lot. Well worth the time, effort, and expense.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Matheu M
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

An impressive adventure course and a very special experience. We took part in Green Discovery’s two day/one night Tree Top Explorer to Tat Fane waterfall. This is the largest in Laos, and extremely remotely located. You are only able to reach it and exit within a day respectively thanks to Green Discovery’s extensive zip line and climbing course.

My family is Lao, we have travelled extensively throughout the country and I have partaken in many zip line experiences all over the world. This truly stands out and is also a highlight in Laos (better than the zip lines in Northern Laos).

THE COURSE
This is not for the faint hearted. The gradient is significant, the climbing component is very challenging. You must be strong and fit. We had two children aged 7 and 9, they completed the course with no issues however were very active kids and required a lot of assistance from the guides. This was certainly the most challenging trek that I have undertaken.

The zip lines are simple but truly state of the art. We had an engineer in our group who was very happy with the set up. The course covers a lot of ground, we spent at least three hours zip lining each day. It is nothing like a typical commercial zip line experience in which you are zip lining for the sake of zip lining. The course is designed to reach the destination. The highlight of the course was certainly zip lining just meters away from the waterfall.

The guides were local villagers who very vigilant and took safety very seriously. Several members within the group struggled with the climbing course and really only made it through due to the swift support of the guides. In addition is one English speaking guide from Green Discovery.

THE JUNGLE HOTEL
Truly metres away from the waterfall, you can easily walk over for a shower. Be sure not to miss sunset upon arrival.

The accommodation is very good. Flushing toilets, brand new mosquito nets. Sorry forgot to take photos, it's simple but you will be impressed.

Food throughout the trip is excellent. Multiple dishes each meal and more food than you can stomach.

GENERAL TIPS
Be aware of the climate. The course would be extremely difficult during the summer wet season (due to gradient and conditions).

No need to purchase snacks, you’ll be fed well. Although pack some energy packs (e.g. gels, no-doz, or jelly beans).

Bring a selfie stick, the videos you can get are amazing. Bring a good camera.

No need to carry excessive weight with water filters, gloves, mosquito nets, sunscreen, warm clothes etc. You’ll be provided everything you need. Just bring a change of clothes and socks, swimwear, cameras, head torch rain jacket and money.

Wear your swimwear underneath on day one (that way you can jump straight into the waterfall).

Wear shorts, it’s hot and whilst the trail is not paved, you will not be walking through high grass. There is no need to cover your legs. Hiking boots recommended.

Take malaria tablets (this is very much a malaria zone).

Tip the local guides in the village. Whilst the course is quite expensive, it makes sense. Green Discovery (a Lao-owned company) have a monopoly in Pakse, and the course they have put together is very impressive. They own land throughout the valley to make this possible, and the construction is state of the art. However the guides do not get paid much (100 USD a month), so please tip.

Overall, a great experience. This is thanks to the guides and facilities, the spectacular setting and the group of people that this expedition attracts. We had a group of 15 and had great conversations with every person.

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank aussiechuckster
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Reviewed January 14, 2016

My very first tour of this kind and probably not the last. The jungle is great, zip line is perfect, via ferrata is wow and the staff is super professional and nice. I was amazed to have lunch on the first day of the tour in the jungle, on the banana leaves. They make effort to bring us good food rather opting for easier things like eggs or burgers...And it's such an experience to sleep on the top of the trees among the sound of jungles.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank TraMi
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Reviewed January 3, 2016

Had a great day out paddling kayaks down the Nam Tha river with our kids (6 and 9). Professional company with friendly and experienced guides all around. A perfect way to sample the riverbank lifestyle of the local communities and enjoy the magic scenery. Would have given it a 5 star was it not for the unsuitable safety vest provided to my 6 year old (mentioned in my feedback to them).

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Laurent E
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Reviewed December 29, 2015

It is without doubt a great time to spend in Pakse but this trip is not for the little ones or if you are not reasonably fit! Be prepared to work your way through steep steps and uneven ground so if you are not that sure-footed, it might be a challenge but with some patience, you will manage! Someone has given a detailed breakdown of itinerary so there is little point in describing the events that occured - I would go for it again!
I think 2D1N is good but if you want to take things at a more leisure pace, then you may consider the 3D.

The only down side is the organisation of the trip or how the staff are managing the trips. We booked our trip 2 months ahead with a bank transfer of half the amount to confirm the trip. The staff (in Vientiene for online booking) was efficient in getting back to us and we were told in the email reply to wait in the hotel for the pick up. However, that was when communication stopped. It would have been better if the staff (in Pakse?) could follow up with an email the day before the actual trip to confirm the meeting point. I did drop an email to the staff upon check in the night before to inform them that we have arrived and will be looking forward to seeing them the next day though. The bus (with the company logo) did not come at the allocated time so we got a little concerned and when it finally appeared in front of the hotel, the staff stayed in the bus for a quite a while so we were not really sure if it was meant to pick us up but that was quickly clarified when he did come down to check. It was only in the bus later that we found that other travellers had similar issues - they were told that they would be picked up at the hotel but were informed that they should be at the office instead later. The office is just a street away from Pakse Hotel really so it is no big deal to meet there but we were simply not kept in the loop.

When we were done with the wonderful trip and got back to the office so that we can pay for the remaining sum, we were surprised that the staff did not seem to be aware of the sum unpaid. He took a while to find a transaction sheet that was faxed to him and even asked that I provide a receipt which I wasn't told to bring along nor was certain that there was even one. I eventually spotted the payment sheet with my name as he flipped through his file. Yes, it was noted on it that I was to pay the remaining sum.

The trip was great but the company would do better by reviewing its work processes.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank huangchan
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