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Bolaven Plateau

Craving waterfalls and cool mountain air? Look no further than the Bolaven Plateau in Laos. This is a paradise for waterfall lovers with coffee plantations, all nestled amidst a refreshing climate. Sip a coffee at Tad Fane Falls, explore hidden villages, and learn about the region's unique coffee-growing traditions. Ready for a breath of fresh air and water splashes?

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Start:  Luang Prabang
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Laos Discovery 9 Days

Adventure to Laos: 9 days in paradise! Explore Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls, & hidden Khmu villages. Kayak Pakse, hike Bolaven Plateau, & see majestic Wat Phou. Unforgettable Laos awaits!

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Overview Bolaven Plateau

1. LOCATION 

Most of the Bolaven Plateau belongs to the Champasak Province, which is in the very south of Laos, where the great Mekong River flows and gently bends through. The region is elevated and owns mountain ranges and spectacular waterfalls. Likewise, the Bolaven Plateau also is famous for numerous coffee, and tea plantations, and many ethnic groups with unique features, and customs.

Overview of Bolaven Plateau

Overview of Bolaven Plateau

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT 

The region bears the rain from May to October. In this period of time, many destinations are closed and paths are hard to cross, but in exchange, the waterfalls are more stunning and powerful.

Weather in Bolaven Plateau

Weather in Bolaven Plateau

From November to March, the dry season takes place with a pleasing temperature, and transporting is easier.
The hottest season is from March to May, the heat is manageable but waterfalls will be at their lowest rate.

3. THINGS TO DO 

Refreshing at waterfalls

Bolaven Plateau owns a bunch of waterfalls that are considered the most captivating of the waterfalls of Laos. Among them, these would stand out:

  • Tad Fan Waterfall: the twin stream that pours down from the 120-meter straight cliff, also known as Lao's most beautiful waterfall. Moreover, the surrounding view is breathtaking, lush green plants and trees cover the entire area.

Address: Route E16, Paksong, Laos

  • Tad Yuang Waterfall: a 40-meter tall cascading waterfall is stunning from the first glimpse. With a spacious water pool at the waterfall feet, people can relax and splash in the tumbling water. Guest cottages and eateries are around.

Address: Ban Lak 40, Road 23, Paksong, Laos.

Tad Yuang Falls in Bolaven Plateau

Tad Yuang Falls in Bolaven Plateau

  • Tad ChamPee: the 10-meter tall waterfall is like a curtain that covers the cave behind. Providing a nice spot for swimming and relaxing.

Address: Between Pakse and Paksong at KM 38.

  • Tad E-tu Waterfall lies below a resort, embraced by gorgeous natural jungles.

Address: Ban Luk 25, Paksong, Laos

  • Phasou waterfall: a splendid waterfall that pours out from the end of a 15-meter-tall red cliff. The view is stunning when observing from the wooden bridge that crosses the stream.

Address: 33km to the North of Pakse, Bachieng District.
» Bolaven Plateau is not the only place that offers stunning landscapes of natural waterfalls and ranges of majestic mountains. Visit Laos with Asia Links Travel to get an insight view of the untamed land - Laos PDR. 

Riding motorbike

Spending a couple of days and taking loops around the region is an exciting experience that a scooter traveler would love to be through. Join the group or ride with your friend will be best to enjoy the ride. By motorcycle, you can reach many tourist attractions of Bolaven Plateau in no time. To supply guest needs, there are many agents who provide the services at reasonable prices, hotels, and guesthouses are also available as well. During your trip, the fuel is on you, remember to wear a helmet or you will be fined.

Motorbike tour in Bolaven Plateau

Motorbike tour in Bolaven Plateau

Visiting coffee and tea plantations

The fact that Paksong district is the residence of over 5000 families that grow coffee and tea leaves, and so, which is why they declared Plateau as the coffee, tea heaven. When making a tour of the organic coffee/ tea farm, you can observe the local plating, hatching, and producing the product, and join a hand with them if you would love to. The best part is that you can taste the delicious coffee and tea produced right at the plantation, sure it will have the taste of fresh, pure coffee, and tea flavor.

Tea plantation in Bolaven Plateau

Tea plantation in Bolaven Plateau
The farm is easy to find as there is a large number of them. People also organize a tour of the plantation, at a reasonable price of 3$, including tickets and coffee, and tea tasting.

Trekking to ethnic villages

Bolaven Plateau is dotted with gorgeous ethnic villages that possess a unique culture, which is also the purpose of the trekking tour. On your way, be pleased with tranquil, pristine natural views and the fresh air. Visiting one village to another, you will recognize the typical features that is breeding cattle and growing plants, the people there live in little cozy stilted houses and wear traditional ethnic costumes. The villagers are friendly and hospital, taking a picture with them would be great to have in your album.

Trekking to ethnic villages

Trekking to ethnic villages

Browsing in the market

There are some local markets that scattered around the area, near the large villages. Besides selling fresh goods for the daily menu, they also provide local handicrafts and lovely souvenirs like necklaces of tribal style, bracelets, copper statues, handy bags, baskets, wallets, tartan silk, etc. The market is the gathering point for the people in the region, so if anywhere that is considered noisy, crowded, and vibrant in Bolaven Plateau, it would be the market.

Admire the historical ruin of Wat Phou

Wat Phou temple is situated far from the settlement, where Laos and Cambodia border. Being even older than any Angkor Wat complex, the architecture was built around the 5th century and was recognized as the World’s Heritage by UNESCO in 2002. With the stunning design of Hindu, and Khmer style and those carvings on the walls, the temple just automatically is the highlight of the region. If lucky, visit the remain in February, you can join the big festival with many special ceremonies and joyful activities with the locals.

historical ruin of Wat Phou

The historical ruin of Wat Phou

4. HOW TO GET THERE

A motorbike is the most convenient way to get to and around Bolaven Plateau as the highlight pots are scattered in the region. Hiring agents are available in Pakse, the hotels also provide motorcycles for hire, the cost is about 5$ per day.
The second way to get to the destination is by public transportation, which starts at Pakse. In this way, travelers have to tell the driver the destination they want to stop. When the visit is done, wait at the main road for the next bus. The tickets are about 2 dollars. The bus is available at 9:00 am and out of service at about 5:00 p.m.

how to transport in Bolaven Plateau

How to get around in Bolaven Plateau

5. DOS AND DON'TS

  • Exchange to Laos currency in advance as a lack of ATMs in the region.
  • Bring a snack, a couple of bottles of water, a map, and a hat.
  • Ask for the price first.
  • Learn the basic Laos language or install the translating app.
  • Don’t travel alone.
  • Don’t get off the track too far.
  • Don’t fight or get into a conflict with locals.

» For more details on Laos travel, check out our articles for Laos Travel Guide. 

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