07.10.2016 - 10.10.2016
The reason for our visit to Pakse was to do the Tree Top Adventure with Green Discovery and we didn't get an opportunity to do anything else, other than walk to the banks of the Mekong River the morning before we left.
Everything about the Tree Top Adventure was amazing, including the scary parts
Not classing the bumps and bruises covering our bodies as lowlights as they are badges of an active life and worn with pride.
The smelly damp boot smell that filled the room along with the clothes hanging from every possible place as we tried to wash and dry everything overnight before moving on the next day.
Keep your back pack to a minimum as whatever you take you carry for about 7 hours each day, and get a good rain cover for your backpack because when it rains it really really rains.
Wear the same clothes for day 2 even if the are dirty and damp ( the guides do this) they will get dirty and damp again and you will appreciate your clean dry clothes for the journey home on the bus.
Leave a few days before trekking in Sapa so the boots can dry out
Our 2 day/1night tree top adventure began with an hours bus ride for the 13 participants and our guide Vong- with the exception of the four of us and a Dutch couple, the rest were Thai and everybody was lovely.
We stopped at a local village to gear up and collect a couple more guides before setting off on foot to trek 7km into the jungle, and we really were trekking: up and down steep ravines, over boulders and traversing rivers and gorges interspersed with the most amazing zip lines over treetops and past waterfalls.
The zip lines were awesome but Justine was a little less impressed having to use the suspension bridges to traverse some very deep gorges/ravines.
The heavens opened during our trek in and we were sodden for the rest of the journey in.
The second morning involved zip lining without the back packs and the sun was out, which provided for a more enjoyable experience. After lunch we started our trek out, which included a 40meter climb up a rock face: Via Ferrata.
The heavens opened again during our trek back, but thankfully only after we had scaled the rock wall.
Our meals were prepared and eaten communally at the village base, with traditional tea and coffee being brewed on the fire. Showers were basic but refreshing: cold water from a pipe in a wooden hut, and our accommodation was reached by zip line and consisted of an open walled wooden platform with camping style mattresses on the floor covered with mosquito nets. There was an ensuite but I would certainly advice not walking below the accommodation EVER.
Eating and drinking:
Due to timing we ate twice at the Pavilion: the roof top restaurant at the Pakse Hotel. Great views and good food.
The meals we had whilst on the Tree Top Adventure were amazing: the picnic on bamboo leaves eaten in the middle of the jungle, the breakfast, lunch and dinner at the base camp and the traditional Lao coffee with sweet condensed milk and traditional green tea.
Pakse Hotel- the advantage of this hotel is that you can see the tall yellow corner building from afar and do cannot get lost when walking around the town.
The reception and corridors were lovely, the rooms clean and comfortable and the breakfast fine.
Our first night was spent in an upgraded superior room which was a little more spacious and had a large comfy bed. The standard room was smaller with a smaller firmer bed and no kettle but fine for a one night stay.
We arranged airport transfers directly with the hotel.