Pakse or Pakxe (means: Mouth of the river Se) is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak and is situated at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers. Pakse is the gateway to the Bolaven Plateau region.
Wat Luang, the biggest and most beautiful temple of Pakxe, and home of Buddhist Monk School. It is the best place to see a monk alm giving ceremony in Luang Prabang.
Wat Phabad is the oldest and largest temple of Pakse. It is believed to have a Buddha Footprint, from which its name is derived.
Ban Keosamphanh, a former French army camp, has the most beautiful green rice field of Pakse and is home to the oldest market of Pakse.
Big Buddha. In Aug 2011 a 'Big Buddha' temple complex was built across the river, adjacent to the Japanese bridge. More than a few steps to the top, a great view of the river and city.
Wat Phou was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001. Vat Phou or Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer temple complex which was a part of the Khmer empire. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champasak province.
The Bolaven Plateau, formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations.It's home to numerous waterfalls, great scenery, tribal villages, and unexplored nature. Surrounding the plateau there are a number of protected national parks in dense jungle.
Pakse is located along National Road 13, the main transportation highway of Laos. From Siem Reap it takes around14 hours and costs around USD 29, from Penh Penh around 12 hours and USD 25.
Pakse is served by Pakse International Airport. The Pakse airport finished construction in November 2009, resuming flights to Vientiane, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
The restaurants are concentrated on the main street between the roundabout and the French bridge. They offer diverse menu (Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, and Western) a reasonable prices.
For a more genuine Lao eating experience have a look in the streets south of the main street.
Most hotels and guesthouses in Pakse can be found along the main street between the French bridge and the roundabout or a short way into its side streets.
Come to Pakse and taste one of the world's best coffee!