Tat Lo (ຕາດເລາະ; pronounced đàat láw) has taken a place on the backpacker trail thanks to an attractive setting, cheap accommodation and some beautiful waterfalls. It lacks the party scene of Don Det and Vang Vieng, and locals are set on it staying this way. Thankfully, several Westerners who have settled here and opened businesses are in full agreement. The result is a serenity that sees many visitors stay longer than they planned.
The availability of day treks, along with widespread use of English, makes Tat Lo by far the best base for getting to know the Bolaven Plateau, even though it actually sits against the foot of it, rather than up on top of it. The real name of Tat Lo village is Ban Saen Vang, but these days everybody just calls it Tat Lo.