Bolaven Plateau is an elevated region of thick forests, rolling rivers, and spectacular waterfalls in Southern Laos.
Ranging from the Annamite Mountain Range on the border of Vietnam in the East to the Mekong River in the west, The Bolaven Plateau was a largely unexplored region mostly populated by the Laven ethnic group of people until the French annexed the region towards the turn of the 19th century. Hoping to increase lucrative trade along the Mekong River, the colonial regime instituted coffee, fruit, and rubber plantations throughout the Bolaven Plateau during the early 20th century.
The beautiful landscape makes for excellent trekking and cycling excursions. The Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area guards large swathes of pristine jungles that are home to a number of rare species, and the conservation park has become an increasingly popular safari destination since its inception. There are numerous waterfalls in the area, and Tad Lo, Tad Suong, and Tad Hang are three of the more popular, and swimmable, destinations on luxury tours of Laos.
The best weather to explore the Bolaven Plateau comes during the dry season in Laos that falls between November and May. Warmer weather comes between June and October along with increased chances of rain, and the verdant jungles are at their lushest during the wetter second half of the year.
The Bolaven Plateau is part of Campasaka Province in Southern Laos. The city of Pakse is the regional travel hub, and our guests usually use the town as a base to explore the plateau after arriving via flight to Pakse International Airport.
The Bolaven Plateau is one of the most pristine regions in Laos. The verdant jungles, beautiful waterfalls, and plethora of wildlife make this one of the best trekking and safari areas in Laos.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for a hike with a good pair of shoes to explore this pristine region in Southern Laos.