The Boliven Plateau is located in Southern Laos in an ancient volcano and is located in the Champasak Province. The plateau is elevated and ranges from 1,000 to 1,350 meters above sea level. The plateau has several rivers crossing through it and is well known for its stunning waterfalls and the villages of the ethnic minorities. It is also famous for its coffee plantations.
I was based in Pakse and from there decided to explore the Boliven Plateau on a 2 day trek as part my Laos Adventure Tour.
The first part of the trek takes us through coffee and tea plantations before arriving at the Dong Hua So National Protected Area. From there it depends on what time of the year it is as to what route you take to the get to the Tad Yeaung Waterfall. Because it is dry season when I was there we were able to trek to the waterfall by going over the top of it which is a fantastic path – we went through dense forest where we were lucky enough to see monkeys. There is all sorts of wildlife to keep an eye out for as well as many variety of orchids. It is a stunning walk and the reward of a dip in the gorgeous Tad Yeaung waterfall at the end makes it even more so.
At the end of the day we stay at a village where the residents are Lowland Lao and Khmu. They are farmers, mainly in growing coffee which the region is famous for.
Day 2 we set off trekking through the surrounding coffee farms and walk to the Champi Waterfall which has limestone plains set throughout it. From there we continue trekking and finish up at the Kachep Waterfall, yet another stunning waterfall that this region is well known for.
Trekking in the Boliven Plateau is a really enjoyable experience as the climate tends to be cooler than other parts of Laos. The scenery which is a mixture of plantations, jungle and waterfalls is truly breathtaking at times so have plenty of film in your camera. The locals in the villages you visit along the way are very friendly and welcoming and the children are adorable – very inquisitive!
While in the region you must also make sure you try the coffee for which they are so famous. It certainly gets the heart pumping!