After my amazing holidays in Laos last year I decided to head back this to explore the south, enjoying some outdoor activities and also to have some relaxing rest days.
I came up with the following itinerary and would appreciate any comments.
Day 1: Head from Vientiane to Thakhek
Day 2-5: One day exploring Thakhek and resting, and a three day trek / kayaking trip to the Khammouane area
Day 6: Travel to Pakse
Day 7-9: Hiring a bike to explore the Bolaven Plateau
Day 10-11: Champassak (including trip Wat Phu)
Day 12-13: Dong Daeng (sounds like a nice place to experience local life in Laos)
Day 14-18: 4000 Islands (pure relaxation)
Day 19: Travel to Pakse and Ubon to take overnight train to Bangkok
I dont want to rush, and hope this is a good pace to enjoy southern Laos as much as I did the north last year.