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Pakse

The capital of the Champasak province, this charming city is a gateway to the 4000 Islands, Boloven Plateau, numerous national protected areas, the heritage site of Wat Phou, and Champasak. However, the city is more than its colonial buildings, in which one can venture into jungles and bask in nature in the outskirts. With an international airport in the city, this destination is a good way to start or end off your trip!

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Pay a visit to the coffee and tea plantations
For coffee and tea lovers, visit the nearby Paksong, the Coffee Capital of Laos.
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The town has developed through the growth and trading of its coffee. It possesses the ideal soil conditions, climate, and is located at a high altitude, which result in the plantation of one of the best coffees in the world. Do not hesitate to visit the town and grab yourself some top-notch tasting coffee!

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Explore the ancient archeological site of Wat Phou
Visit the mountain temple older than Ang Kor Wat, Wat Phou.
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A place of worship for Buddhists, the well-preserved temple is located in the midst of greenery. On its side, is a road leading to the remains of ancient cities. Explore the area and be mesmerized by the mystical aura enshrouding this historical site.

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Delve into the Bolaven Plateau
The Bolaven Plateau is an elevated area located in the South of the Champasak province.
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Journey through the mountains and lush forests to view some of the best landscapes, made out of towering mountains and graceful waterfalls. With its fertile soil, and ideal climate, it is home to some of the best coffee you would ever taste, so remember to sample some!

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Visit the widest waterfall in Southeast Asia
Chasing waterfalls in Southeast Asia? You are in luck as the region hosts some of the most amazing waterfalls.
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In fact, the widest waterfall in the region is located right here in Champassak. The Khone Phapheng Waterfall is crowned to be the largest waterfall by volume. Soak in the sight of the foamy, tremendously rapid waterfall, as you feel the cool breeze on your skin.

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Have a coffee 200 m high over Tad Fane
Since the province carry some of the best-tasting coffee in the world, why not add a thrilling factor to it? Chat over coffee with your partner 200m up in the air, over the spectacular cascading waterfalls of Tad Fane, surrounded by nature. Watch the twin waterfalls as water spill over the steep cliffs, flowing down endlessly. An experience made for coffee and zipline lovers.
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Sleep in a jungle treehouse with Tree Top Explorer
If you have never slept in a treehouse in the middle of a jungle, here’s your chance. As you zipline your way pass trees, balance on rope bridges and climb the via ferrata, you might end up feeling a little like Tarzan as you become one with nature. Take in the sights in the day and spend the night in a treehouse, where the sound of crickets will be your lullaby.
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Try to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin
The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins were said to be functionally extinct in Laos back in 2016 due to illegal fishing methods, increased boat traffic, and more. An incredibly heartbreaking news, seeing how adorable the dolphins are. However, they are indeed located in Champassak and so do keep an eye out for these dolphins, whom may appear from time to time. May lady luck be with you!
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Enjoy the island life of the 4000 islands
The 4000 Islands is the place to escape it all. Trek or cycle around the islands and interact with the locals as you observe their daily lives. Spend some time at Don Det, a quaint and charming rural town that holds river bungalows and restaurants. A place that one can easily fall in love with, explore the island and capture the picture-perfect scenery.
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Weave your way through the 4000 Islands on a boat
Tiny islands located at the Mekong Delta, take a kayaking or boat trip around the 4000 Islands along the river that connects the islands. Make a pit stop at some of the splendid waterfalls and relax as you admire nature’s beauty. Visit some of the islands and revel in the soothing atmosphere in each whilst you satisfy the adventurer in you.

Pakse by night

Camping on the mouth of a waterfall
Instead of camping in a field, why not camp at the base of a waterfall? Dive into the plunge pool, relax, and cook up some delicious food with a campfire. Rest in a mini paradise for a night, next to a glorious waterfall, in the middle of a jungle. As lovely as this sounds, it is recommended to carry this out by joining a trekking tour.
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Grab a drink and relax on a rooftop
Head out to a rooftop bar to grab a drink and unwind to the picturesque city view as you end the day. One of the recommended rooftop bars to patronize would be La Panorama at Pakse Hotel. An essential experience in Pakse, savour local delights as you cruise through the river and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the horizon.

When to go to Pakse

There are two distinct seasons in Laos, which is the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May to October, where you can partake in some activities that are especially amazing for this season. For example, you can kayak along the rivers to explore the 4000 Islands, view the cascading twin waterfalls of Tad Fane, and enjoy the sight of lush green farmlands and fields.

During the dry season, you can experience winter in Laos from November to February, and summer from March to April. It may drop to approximately 15 degrees during winter and can go up to the 30s in the summer, so make sure to prepare well for these temperatures.

The weather today in Pakse

Pakse
27°
Mostly Cloudy
05:4118:22 +07
Feels like: 31°C
Wind: 8km/h SE
Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 1006.1mbar
UV index: 0
Tue
min 24°C

How to get around Pakse

From & To the airport
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Taxi

Take a taxi from the taxi stand located in the airport. Simply state where you are headed towards and your taxi will be arranged upon payment. A fast, simple, and efficient way of travelling after a long flight.

Private Minivan

Book a private minivan from the international airport to your accommodation. You can do so with transportation companies or tour companies.

In the city
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Walk

The central area of Pakse is small enough for you to wander around its streets as you head from place to place. However, there are still places that may be too far for you to walk.

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Tuk-tuk

The friendly Tuk-tuk drivers would be more than happy to bring you around Pakse and are located in many places. If there is no rate stated on the tuk-tuk, do try to bargain for a cheaper price and make sure that the driver is clear of the bargained price.

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Motorbike

Rent a motorbike at a rental shop and whizz your way through town. However, make sure that you are allowed to legally drive a motorbike in Laos and always wear a helmet before deciding on riding the motorbike.

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Bicycle

The bicycle is a lovely way to explore Pakse, whereby you can cycle several kilometers between the place of interests. Not only is it a healthier way, it also allows you to stop when you want to check out a certain place or observe an event.

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Tours

Join tours where guides will bring you around Pakse, feeding you with all the information you would need on the history, culture, and traditions of Pakse and its people. One of the best ways to experience the city, check out the tours offered now!

Out of the city
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Shared/Private Minivan

Take a minivan out of Pakse, to numerous exciting tourists spots. You can also take the minivan to a different province or city in Laos. You may grab a shared or private minivan there. You can book through transportation or tour companies.

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Bus

There are bus services, heading out of Pakse to other cities and provinces, by some transportation companies. These buses area scheduled to go several times a day, so do check the schedule and prices before hand and book a ticket.

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Tuk-tuk

There are some tuk-tuks that would bring visitors to tourist spots out of Pakse. These tuk-tuks may be located around the city, or under some transportation companies.

What to eat in Pakse

1. Le Panorama Bar and Restaurant

Located on the rood of Pakse Hotel, look onto the horizon as you enjoy some Asian and Western menus. Also the best place to relax and sip on a cocktail, it is opened daily from 4.30pm to 11pm.

2. Dao Lin

Savour the flavourful Laos dishes on the menu, where the yellow curry and spring rolls are recommended. It is opened daily from 8am to 10pm.

3. Dok Mai Lao Trattoria Italiana

Top italian restaurant in the area, treat yourself to some delicious Italian dishes of pizza, pasta, and more. Opened daily from 11am to 11pm.

4. Sabaidee Restaurant

At a cheap price the food and service is amazing, with options from Chinese, European, and Thai cuisine. Recommended by many, this is a place that you must visit. Opened daily from 6am to 10pm.

5. Vida Bakery Café

Serving an European menu, it is an amazing choice for those who are looking to eat some International food. Opened from 6.30am to 8pm on Monday to Thursday, and 6.30am to 2.30pm from Friday to Saturday.

6. Café Sinouk

Sip on a coffee and enjoy some of its western menus while at the café. A well-known brand in Laos, Café Sinouk would not be a new sight for those who has stayed for some time. It is open daily from 6.30am to 9pm.

Some ways to get to Pakse

*price range is according to price for one-way
*disclaimer: the prices are approximate

*LEGEND:
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$$$: 51-100
$$$$: >100

Flight Bus/Van

Direct flight from Bangkok

1 hour 30 minutes
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh

1 hour 35 minutes
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Direct flight from Siem Reap

1 hour
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Flight directly from Vientiane

1 hour 20 minutes
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Bus from Siem Reap

10-12 hour
$$

Fairly convenient
Fairly comfortable

Sleeper bus from Vientiane

10-12 hour
$$
Fairly convenient
Fairly comfortable

Bus from Thakhek

10 hour
$
Fairly convenient
Fairly comfortable

Bus from Bangkok

13 hour
$$
Convenient
Fairly comfortable

What bring to Pakse

1. Insect repellent

Mosquitoes will be that dark cloud ruining the perfect sky here in Laos. Remember to bring your insect repellent if you do not want to be itching all day long.

2. Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

The sun in Laos is deadly. Remember your protective gear – sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.

3. Long trousers

Stay safe with long trousers as you travel around. It will be your shield from the sharp branches and plants that may cut into your skin.

4. Trekking or comfortable shoes

Wear comfortable, preferably trekking shoes, as you will most likely be doing tons of walking here. May the blisters not be with you.

5. Refillable water bottle
As an eco-tourism company, we highly encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. Head over to our sales office to refill them (while stocks last). If you are participating in our tours, there will be water stations available, and we will hand you 3L bottles to refill your bottle.

6. Swimsuit (conservative, sarong for women)
Do bring along a swimsuit, preferably a more conservative one out of respect for the locals. With water activities available, this is an essential in your travel pack.

7. Conservative clothes for the temples
Bring along conservative clothes for visits to the temples. These clothes would have to cover your shoulders and knees.

8. Universal Adapter
It goes without saying that the universal adapter is an important item for all those who are carrying electronics with you.

Tips

Money exchange

It is ideal to use USD as the currency to conduct your currency exchange here. Some of the recommended money changers would be -.

Health care

If you feel uncomfortable or have fallen sick in Vientiane, you can head over to the French Clinic and Allianz Clinic Vientiane, where there are English speaking doctors working.