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Located in the crater of an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos rises to heights of over 1300 meters. Famous for excellent coffee and amazing waterfalls, the plateau makes a great day-trip from Pakse. Given the cooler temperatures on the plateau, spending a night or two there might not be such a bad idea either.

Best time to visit

The wet season from May to October brings rains that make the waterfalls on the plateau much more spectacular, but at the same time, make the roads much harder to navigate. 

From November to March, the dry season takes place with a pleasing temperature, the waterfalls are less impressive, but transporting is easier.

The hottest season is from March to May, the heat is manageable but waterfalls will be at their lowest rate.

Check the below table for the general idea of Bolaven Plateau weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.6 24.7 18.1
Feb 33.7 27.4 21.3
Mar 35.1 29.4 23.9
Apr 35.5 30 25.1
May 33.6 29.2 25.2
Jun 32.1 28.4 25.1
Jul 31.2 27.7 24.5
Aug 30.9 27.4 24.4
Sep 30.9 27.3 24.1
Oct 31.7 27.1 23.2
Nov 32.1 26.6 21.6
Dec 31.7 25.4 19.3

Bolaven Plateau's current weather and 7-day forecast

BOLAVEN PLATEAU WEATHER

Bolaven Plateau is elevated and owns mountain ranges, spectacular waterfalls. Likewise, Bolaven Plateau also is famous for numerous coffee, tea plantations, and many ethnics group with unique features, customs. Here is the best things to do in Bolaven plateau:

Refreshing at waterfalls

Bolaven Plateau owns a bunch of waterfalls that are considered as the most captivating of 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 Laos 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, eateries are around.

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

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 

It 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.

Visit other waterfalls across the plateau

Other attractive waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau include the nearby triple beauties of Tat Lo, Tat Hang, and Tat Soung. Some walking is needed to get to the falls, but the effort is more than worthwhile. You can reward yourself with a refreshing swim at Tat Lo too. 

The gorgeous homestay of Tayicseua has an impressive 15 waterfalls on its land! Do note that you’ll have to do a fair amount of walking and climbing to see most of them.  Don’t miss the largest waterfall of the plateau either: Tat Katamtok.

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 provide the services with reasonable price, hotel, and guesthouse also available as well. During your trip, the fuel is own you, remember to wear a helmet or you will be fined.

Visiting coffee and tea plantations

The fact that Paksong district is the residence for over 5000 families that grow coffee and tea leaves, and so, this is why they declared Plateau as the coffee, tea heaven. When making a tour to the organic coffee/ tea farm, you can observe the local plating, hatching and producing the product, 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, tea flavor.

The farm is easy to find as there is a large number of them. People also organize a tour to the plantation, a reasonable price at 3$, including tickets and coffee, 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. During your way, be pleased with tranquil, pristine natural views and the fresh air. Visiting one village to another, you will recognize the typical feature 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.

Browsing in the market

There are some local markets that scattered around the area, near the large villages. Besides selling the fresh good 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 to the people in the region, so if anywhere that is considered noisy, crowded and vibrant in Bolaven Plateau, it would be the market.

If you’d like to spend a night or two on the plateau, a number of guesthouses can be found along the main road, at some of the attractions and in the towns. They’re all pretty basic and pretty cheap. You will also find a few resorts, if you prefer a little more comfort. None of these places ever really fill up, so you can just show up and get a room.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Sabaidee Valley 

Adress: 33rd KM., No 16E Road, Paksong City, 06000 Ban Gnik, Laos

Sabaidee Valley is just a 10-minute drive from the Tad Fane Waterfall and features a restaurant, a coffee shop and spacious villas with balcony and nature views.

The air-conditioned villas are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a living area, a refrigerator, a minibar, an electric kettle and a bathroom with bath tub and free toiletries.

The restaurant at the Sabaidee Valley Resort serves traditional Thai and Laos cuisine. Guests can buy various souvenirs in the shop on site and sample local coffee, made from organic coffee beans grown in the Bolaven Plateau at the coffee shop.

Sinouk Coffee Resort 

Adress: Paksong-Thateng Road LakKhao Village Bolaven Plateau, 16000 Muang Thatèng, Laos

Nestled in the upper reaches of the Bolaven Plateau, the Resort lies in the heart of Sinouk coffee plantation. Surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden and natural rivers, it is a unique place in Southern Laos, perfect for relaxation and learn more about Lao coffee.

Ideally located, this place is a perfect basecamp to visit all the Bolavens Plateau attractions. Here, where nature was embellished, enjoy a walk through the coffee plantation and a lush botanic garden.

You will feel like home staying in air conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom and counting as well with services such as an outdoor swimming pool and gardens, room service, restaurant and a bar.

Tadlo Lodge 

Adress: Ban Nongtoung, 01000 Ban Nongtoung, Laos

Situated in Ban Nongtoung, Tadlo Lodge features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a restaurant, a bar and a garden.

Guests at the lodge can enjoy a buffet or a à la carte breakfast.

Tadlo Lodge offers a terrace.

If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling, diving and cycling are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Fandee Guest House 

Adress: Tad Lo Waterfall Ban Senvang, 14000 Ban Sènvang, Laos

Fandee Guest House has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Ban Sènvang. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The rooms are fitted with a balcony with garden views and free WiFi.

All rooms at the guest house are fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Guests at Fandee Guest House can enjoy a continental breakfast.

You’ll either have to eat the standard western fare at one of the resorts (it’s not bad really, same as anywhere else) or very basic Lao food.

Here is our suggestion:

Sinouk Coffee Resort

Open daily from 7AM to 9PM, the restaurant at Sinouk Coffee Resort frequently welcomes Lao and foreign diners. It serves some of the best Lao and Western food in the area. It is a popular stop for hungry tourists on their motorcycles and local families from nearby villages. 

The best way to explore the plateau is by motorbike, which can be rented in Pakse from 60,000 Kip per day. Some people make the climb up the plateau on bicycles. For people who actually enjoy physical exercise, biking up the plateau would definitely provide that.

The other option is public transport. You can catch a bus to Paksong from the Dao Heung Market in Pakse. It costs about 20,000 Kip and the first one leaves at 9 am. Let the bus driver know if you want to get off at one of the waterfalls. To continue on after visiting a waterfall, hitchhike or wait for and flag down the next bus that comes along.

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