Pakse is with 100,000 inhabitants the second city of Laos after Vientiane. It may not be one of the nicest cities in Laos, but there is a lot to do in the area. You can take a trip on a scooter or motorbike to the Bolaven Plateau or to the old ruins of Champassak. An overview of all the information you need to know about this city in the south of Laos.
Mini Travel Guide – Pakse, Laos
Accommodation – Where to stay in Pakse?
For Pakse you’re going to explore the Bolaven Plateau! Or you may need a stopover, but there’s absolutely no such thing as a bustling city. Most tourists stay in the center, because they can arrange a tour to the Bolaven Plateau or Champassak. Luckily the center has a wide range of hotels and guesthouses.
Tip: For nice souvenirs or good food go to the Talat Dao Heuang market 1 kilometer east of the center. This market is one of the largest in the country and here you can get nice Laotian food or buy souvenirs.
Sightseeing – 3 sights in Pakse
Pakse visit you especially to do the famous trip over the Bolaven Plateau. Below is a short description of other places of interest in and around Pakse.
1. Hire a motorbike and do the Pakse Loop
Do you love waterfalls and beautiful nature? Then a tour to the Bolaven Plateau is really something for you! This tour of 2, 3 or 4 days on a scooter is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings. Besides waterfalls and beautiful views you will also come across coffee plantations and you can swim and relax at the various waterfalls. And while you’re doing the Pakse Loop, you can also add sight number 2 on your list!
Are you planning to do the Pakse Loop? Read the article Pakse Loop and Bolaven Plateau in 25 pictures for more information and an impression of this beautiful tour by motorbike.
2. The ruins of Champassak
50 kilometres south of Pakse are the ruins of Champassak. Some of these temples are over 1000 years old and are therefore on the Unesco World Heritage List. Feel free to go out for a while and you may have the option to spend the night in Champassak, a town on the Mekong River.
3. Visit the Wat Luang Temple
At the Sedone River in the city center stands the Wat Luang Temple. If you have time to spare and would like to see something, this may be an option. It is one of the largest in the city and was built in 1935. It now serves as a school for monks.
Transportation – How to get to Pakse?
By plane: Pakse International Airport is located 3 kilometers north of the city. It is used for flights within Laos, such as to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, but also for flights to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. The best way to reach the city center is by tuktuk or taxi.
Bus: Pakse has a number of bus stations that are not always well organized. For the best information go to Miss Noy Motorbikes. They can arrange bus tickets for you and then you will be picked up. For the best convenience ask for a VIP bus aka night bus to Vientiane. There is also the 8km Southern Bus Station (8km east of the centre) for destinations to the south and east. In the northern bus station, 7km north of the center, buses leave for Vientiane.
The bus to Thailand?
From the 8km Bus Station, 8km east of the city buses and or minivans depart to Thailand. They also pass Kiengkai Bus Station, 2.5 kilometers east of the center and then go to the Thai border. For more information visit Miss Noy Motorbikes.
Thailand, the 4000 Islands or further north for Thakhek or Vientiane? Or heading to Cambodia for Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kratie or Banlung?
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