Things to do in Pakse, Laos

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Pakse, Champasak
Pakse, Champasak

Pakse, Champasak is one of the unique tourist destinations in Laos. In reality, there a lot of things to do in Pakse, Laos. This article will introduce some of them to help you have a memorable vacation.

Pakse has the border with some provinces of Laos like Xekong, Salavan and Attopu to the north. To the south, it neighbors the provinces of Cambodia including Stung Treng and Preah Vihear. Pakse is bordered by Udon Ratchathani to the west.

Pakse, Champasak
Pakse, Champasak

Pakse is situated along the poetic Mekong river with multiple gateways and adjacent to three countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Therefore, this city is regarded as one of the important strategic areas of Laos. To transfer to Cambodia or Thailand from Pakse, you just move a distance of 40 to 50 kilometers. In Champasack, there are quite a few five-star hotels and resorts and international airports. Besides, you can find out a number of guest houses and small hotels with the affordable price.

Even if you go in a large hotel with the price of over $100 USD per night, this hotel still owns a common area at a cost of $ 18 USD for four people. In terms of shopping and eating, you are advised to spend time in the central area of Pakse, especially Cho Moi.

This article will share you some information about things to do in Paske, Laos. Hope that the following information will be useful for those who love to explore Paske, Laos.

Pakse – the attractive destination for backpackers

Coming to Pakse, the first destination you should not miss is the Wat Phou, which is located at the foot of the sacred mountain called Phou Kao. Wat Phou is the most ancient temple in Laos. In the past,  this was the center of Hinduism and worshiped the Shiva deity. The legend and the history of Laos pointed out that Wat Phou was the place of worship of the Badhecvara deity and built in the fifth and the seventh century.  The Crethapura citadel, the first capital of the Kingdom of Chenla is also a part of this region. When the Buddhism became the national religion of the land of a million elephants, Wat Phou was restored and transformed into a  Buddhist temple.

Wat Phou, Pakse
Wat Phou, Pakse

Nowadays, the Wat Phou ceremony is the Buddhist festival of the whole southern region of Laos, one of the biggest festivals in Laos. This was held in three days on the full moon of March of lunar calendar. Wat Phou was recognized as one of the world heritage sites by the UNESCO in 2001.

In addition to Wat Phou, Khone Phapheng waterfall is one of the must-see tourist attractions in Pakse city of Laos. Khone Phapheng is a waterfall on the Mekong river in the Champasak province and near the border of Cambodia. This waterfall has the difficult terrain. Previously, when the French colonials had the plan to occupy all the three countries including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, they used the river for the transport of goods. However, it was the feature of terrain that prevented them from achieving this goal.

Khone Phapheng waterfall, Pakse
Khone Phapheng waterfall, Pakse

The food in Pakse is quite cheap. You just pay 4 or 5 USD for a meal having full of meat, grilled fish, beer and sticky rice. Walking around the region, you will find out a host of duty-free shop. You are encouraged to buy some products here due to the reasonable price and the good quality. Moreover, almost all the products here are sourced from Thailand.