Panoramic View of the City Of Pakse in Laos


Gateway to the natural wonders of Champassak

Pakse is the capital of Champassak Province in southern Laos, situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Xe Don rivers. Though it was originally founded as a French administrative outpost in 1905, little evidence of French influence remains.

Instead, modern-day Pakse serves as a commercial hub between Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and is the gateway to key attractions in Champassak Province. Popular day trips include visits to the famed 4,000 Islands; ancient Wat Phu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau.


  • Pleasant small-town atmosphere against the backdrop of the Bolaven Plateau and the Mekong and Xe Don rivers
  • Gateway to key historical and natural attractions in Champassak Province including the ancient Hindu temple of Wat Phou and the 4,000 Islands.
Within Easy Reach Of...
Vientiane 1hr flight
Luang Prabang 1hr 40min flight
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1hr 35min flight
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 30min flight
Travel Tips
  • Visit coffee plantations and waterfalls on a day trip
  • Sample local southern Lao food at the Dao Heuang Market, one of the largest in the country

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