Bolaven Plateau, Champasak Province

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#5 of 12 in Parks in Champasak Province
Visit coffee plantations and see a dramatic waterfall at Bolaven Plateau. During French colonization, the people of the region started developing agriculture--growing coffee and tea. Today you can see the plantations and stroll through the lush vegetation or visit the waterfalls. Continue your trip to nearby ethnic villages to get acquainted with the area's lifestyle and culture. Villages offer souvenirs characteristic of the region. For more adventure, rent a motorbike to explore the area. Using our online itinerary creator, Champasak Town attractions like Bolaven Plateau can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Captain Hook is just a really nice guy! He explained a lot and is was a nice walk through his village. The coffee and the sandwiches they serve are delicious! Definetly recommended when youre doing...  more »
  • For me this has been so far my best experience in North Laos! The full view of the waterfall for now can only be viewed using the 'Fly Tadfane Zip Line! When we got here we couldn't see the loop. But....  more »
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  • Very disappointed for visiting Bolaven Plateau. Nothing is spectacular except gorgeous numerous waterfalls. Huge tourist crowds and tour buses are everywhere in Bolaven Plateau. The road traffic to Bolaven Plateau was heavy and busy.
  • Okay, just to clarify things with Google maps. This indicated spot called BOLAVEN PLATEAU, is nowhere near the actual plateau. Swap to the satellite picture and you will see it's down on the low lands. To get to the BOLAVEN PLATEAU from PAKSE, you need to go directly up highway 16E. This will lead you directly up to the TAD FANE AREA. Okay, so this is the most popular area. Even 5 years ago, TAD FANE and TAD YUANG were crowded already with hordes of mainstream tourists. If you want to come to see these waterfalls, go in the raining season (June - October) when the waterfalls will be in full flow and crowds are less. Think about it: most mainstream tourists (as opposed to travelers) won't want to go look at waterfalls when it's raining. If you are young travelers doing the loop trip then go to TAD CHAMPEE first (opposite side of the road to TAD FANE) because it's a 3 km drive down a dirt track and a long walk from the parking area and this generally keeps most of the mainstream tourists away. TAD CHAMPEE is the least crowded of the 3 falls and also has the best swimming hole. If you want to get well away from the crowds then just ride on through PAKSONG and continue on to the biggest waterfall in Laos; TAD KATAMTOK. No crowds anywhere and a truly awesome waterfall. For in-depth info on the BOLAVEN LOOP TRIP and the waterfalls in the area, check my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com - S.E. Asia's off the beaten track specialist

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