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Pu Kong Mountain

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Mountain Discovery & Homestay on the Mekong

Operated by: Village Guides of Ban Mai Singsamphan Xanasomboun district, Champassak Province
Supported by the
LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project

Description

Pu Kong Mountain This mountain has sweeping views of Laos and Thailand . The landscape is characterized by unusual rocky outcroppings. The area is known for its one-of-a-kind orchid species. There are very many
interesting cultural, natural and religious sites on the Pu Khong. It is a moderate hike of 4 hours.

Ban Mai Singsamphan located on the Mekong River north of Pakse is Ban Mai Singsamphan, a Lao Loum trading and fishing village regularly visited by Thai tourists on weekends for purchasing local Lao products. Ban Mai is secluded and the boat ride to the village covers a very beautiful and undeveloped stretch of the Mekong . The village currently has homestay facilities with bathrooms. Food consists local fish dishes in traditional Lao style.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Boat Trip-Homestay)
Depart Pakse by local transport traveling north. Take a 1.5-hour boat ride on this undeveloped stretch of the Mekong . Arrive at Ban Mai Singsamphan Village in the afternoon. Take a walk around the village and to nearby forest and beach. Watch the sunset from this peaceful, remote location. Enjoy Mekong fish for dinner with villagers in the evening. Homestay with village families.

Day 2 (Kong Mountain)
Wake up early for breakfast. Hike Pu Kong Mountain with local guides, exploring its rich flora and landscape, including orchids, wild mushrooms, unique rock outcroppings, dense forests, archeological remains of a former civilization, and sweeping views of Thailand/Laos. Have local style picnic at the end of the hike with village hosts before returning to the village. Return to Pakse in early afternoon.

Optional: Day 3 (Don Ko Island)
Instead of returning to Pakse on Day 2, continue two hours down the Mekong to Don Ko Island , the original location of French Colonial Administration in Champassak. Homestay with local families. Day 3 tour the island and relax on its beaches before returning to Pakse in afternoon by local transportation.

Booking

  • To arrange for transportation and village guides, please contact the Provincial Tourism Information Office at
    (+856-31-212-021. Ask for Sulichan.
  • To book a packaged tour contact Champa Mai Travel at  +856-31-212-932. Ask for Ms. Sone Sida.
    sonethida02@yahoo.com

Accommodation & Food

  • Family homestay. Bathroom facilities available at each homestay home.
  • Local Lao cuisine. Typical meal includes fish, soup, sticky rice, vegetables and chili paste.
  • “Phoe” (traditional noodle soup), soft drinks and other snacks are available.
  • Vegetarian food is available on request.

Level of Difficulty & Safety

Moderate-Easy: The hike to Pu Kong is moderately difficult. River trip to and from the
village is easy and safe. The area does not have UXO and is very safe.

What to Bring

One change of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, money to purchase handicrafts; life jackets for those who cannot swim in case of emergency.

Includes

Local meals, water, homestay accommodation, boat transport to/from village, local guide(s), permits for Pu Kong. Does not include transport to/from Pakse the boat port.