Pakse Travel Guide

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Pakse Things to Do

  • Riverfront Walk

    Walking along the riverfront is a nice leisurely way to spend up to a couple hours.There are lots of open-air restaurants on the sidewalk that offer anything from cold drinks and Beer Lao to local dishes for dinner. It is a perfect place to sit and view the sunset and people watch.

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  • Pakse Shopping Plaza and Market

    Pakse has its version of a general store and department store in the Shopping Plaza. But immediately behind this is the city market. There are countless vendors selling foods and local farm produce. Along the street parallel, there are miscellaneous goods for sale. Regardless of the fact if you will buy or not, its worth a walk through the city...

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  • Temple Wat Pha Bat

    Next to the Champasak Palace Hotel you will find the temple complex of Wat Pha Bat. As Pakse has not lots to offer it is nice to visit this temple and just walk around on the complex.

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  • Temple Wat Luang

    In the centre of Pakse you will find two temples, the Wat Luang is one of them, you can just go in and check out the nice area.

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  • Visit the Tadfane Waterfalls

    A 45 minute drive from Pakse brings you on top of one of the mountains surrounding the second largest town of Laos. You can take a car to the Tadfane Waterfalls. They can be found in a beautiful area... For sure a nice place to visit!

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  • Pakse

    Pakse, used to be a french colonial cityheading to Wutphu for visiting wut phu, world heritage and world cutural protection area--head to the southest part is cambodia. Si pan don is great spot where you can relax on the four thousand islands

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  • Old shophouse in Pakse 1

    As the main commercial city from past to present, Pakse 've both shophouses and new commercial buildings. It tells the history of this city and how important of this city. I walked around the town and found that almost old buildings located near the river and North Part of town. I was a good time to discover an old things there.

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  • Champasak Historic museum

    The Champasak Historic Museum 's one must see place for art lovers. This museum exhibited the history of Laos,especially Southern Laos area,some artifacts which found in this area, local crafts,local tribes and present of Laos. The interesting stuffs for me 're artifacts from Khmer influence period. The museum services 're museum guide,souvenirs...

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  • Chinese Society building

    I found this building on the way finding a hotel, this old building 's an interesting one and supposed to be an important in Pakse. I used to see this building through some books and it was run down. When I saw this by myself,it was just renovated,as you can see in my picture. It 's brighten.

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  • Luang temple

    This temple was built in 2478 B.E. It's the important and old one in Pakse. This temple 's also a place to housed the relics of some important persons in Laos,such as the relic of Mr.Kratai Donesalid,the former Prime Minister of Laos. All relics housed in big chedis in many styles. Other interesting things here 're Ubosot with finest wood carving...

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  • Yuang Waterfall

    It is a ways from Pakse but if you drive to the Plateau where the coffee plantations are stop at the waterfalls. Once you view the waterfalls there are hut buildings near the parking lot. Be sure to try some tea it is really, really good. Then also have some sticky rice and beef steak (man I love this stuff), just ask for "kow neow gup jin seen"...

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  • Shopping

    It is a market and it is huge. This is one of the biggest markets that has everything from food stands, to clothes.

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Pakse Hotels

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Pakse Restaurants

  • Cheap but good Indian

    Most people who read the Lonely Planet may opt to go to Jasmine's across the street, but Nazim's (chain restaurant) is a good choice. There is indoor and outdoor sidewalk seating. The portions are decent and the quality is good. Price is relatively cheap too.UPDATE: Nov 2012, if you read the comment to this tip, it has been noted that the...

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  • Stay at the hotel, but don't eat at the...

    Whilst visiting Pakse we stayed at the Pakse Hotel and although we can recommend the hotel, we cannot recommend its roof-top restaurant. The view was quite lovely and as such the restaurant lives up to its name, but that's where the magic ended. The waiter forgot our drinks order and our entree. When we politely reminded him, he accused us of not...

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  • Not a good choice

    My fiance and I have just returned from Laos and we enjoyed every minute. Whilst we were in Pakse, we ate at Nazim based on the reviews, but we were sadly disappointed. Nazim is no longer located on the main street, it is now in a side street which has dramatically reduced their clientele and the quality of the food as a consequence. Most of the...

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  • Great asian dishes and real Italian chef

    In an environment with soft background music chil out I had the chance to taste delicious Italian cuisine prepared by Italian hands alternating with plates of the place,all accompanied by good service and a family atmosphere where all kinds of information about the area is immediately paid, also confronted the bus to arrive and depart for Vientiane...

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  • Great coffee, warmest hospitality

    Bolaven Cafe opened in 2011. It's run by the lovely Mama Tan and her passion for coffee, food and people shows! She'll make you feel like one of her own kids the moment you walk through the door (she'll feed you like you're one of her own too - some how free pastry samples kept appearing on our table! :-) ). The cafe is modern, clean, cool, with...

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  • Great streetside diner

    This little restaurant is the outside seating area of a grocery and general store. The food is made right next to you on an outdoor stove. The portions are quite large and the quality is good. Ate here a few times and enjoyed it every time.If you want a snack for later, the baguette vendor just to the side makes wonderful sandwiches that you can...

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Pakse Nightlife

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  • Nightlife

    For nightlife, I can recommend the riverside along Street 11, approx. between corner St. 46 and southern corner St. 10. Many little restaurants, bars and foodstalls there.Definitively open after 10pm is, for example, "Lotty's" (near corner St. 10). They close at the outside at 11pm and at the disco/karaoke bar inside (downstairs) at 12pm.

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  • What nightlife?

    I was in Pakse for a week and stayed at the Champasak Palace hotel, a little bit away from the centre. The town seemed to close at 10pm at night even the hotel bar closing up. I couldnt find anywhere that stayed open past then. As I am going back I would be happy if people can give me a hint on a bar etc that stays open at least to midnight!

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Pakse Transportation

  • Reply to Forum inquiry on Ubon-Pakse...

    Hi. I've done it. The best route in to Lao from Ubon is of course Pakse.From Pakse you can easily (by Lao and Khmer standards) organize the trip to Phnom Penh from a guest house.. or there's a bus company with a store front on the road parallel the Xe Don just north of the bridge that crosses it from Pakse.. they run occaisional trips south and...

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  • Pakse to/from anywhere on the VIP bus

    Every single guest house and tour agency will offer bus tickets to anywhere you need to go. The problem is that you never know just how much extra you are paying for this service. Most places will mark up 10%, but others will mark up more than 50%.KVT offers service between Pakse to/from:Vientiane (Sleeper and seated bus)Ubon, ThailandBangkok,...

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  • Local bus to/from 4000 Islands

    Yes, almost all guesthouses and travel agencies will offer mini-van transportation to Don Khong, Don Det and Don Khone starting about 50,000 kip. Departures will be in the morning and bus will take about 2 hours.However, if you enjoy traveling a bit more "local" style, you can always take a local bus. The travel time will be about 30 minutes...

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Pakse Shopping

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  • fruit shopping

    Pakse seems to be the best place in Laos for buying delicious fresh fruits. If you get to the market you'll be able to buy plenty of lichee, longan, pineapple, jackfuits, sourfruit, durian, bananas, papayas for good quality and price; but the best fruit stalls are about 10 km from the town in Bolavens - in the village which is called Huay He. It...

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  • Laotian Fabrics and Clothing

    The store sells cotton yard goods and ready to wear clothing made at a state run industy. One meter wide cotton sells for about $2.50 per meter. Clothing is reasonably priced, with silk blouses at $9 and cotton shirts and kimonos at $6.

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  • Big market in Pakse

    This market 's a new market located outside city center. This place you can buy so many stuffs from fresh things to metals things. I found it separated to many zones such as clothes zone,silver and accesseries zone,food zone,.... It's a good place for onestop shopping. And also,this area 's a bus terminal. I caught the bus for turning back to Chong...

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Pakse Warnings and Dangers

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    by RB_Oakes Written Mar 21, 2005

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    The bus pulled in to the central station where there is a large square and a market. Several tuk-tuk drivers were soliciting the white folks for rides to the hotel. The hotels are around the corner and these folks got suckered pretty badly. You don't actually see the hotels on the way into the station, but trust me, there are plenty of accomodation options adjacent to the central bus station and you don't need a tuk-tuk to find them. Save your money.

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Pakse Tourist Traps

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    by Fakfak Written Feb 4, 2009

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    In front of Xplore-Asia's office in Pakse (Route 13) there's a nice sign providing bus trips to Kratie for 200 000 Kip (24$).

    After a phone call, the staff told me that the bus would only go to the border where I'd have to buy another ticket at their office there, for the bus from the border to Kratie.
    O.K., I see, no problem. So for now, 100 000 Kip (12$) to the border.
    Now I know that others do it for 65 000 Kip, but that's not the point.

    At Ban Nakasang, they dropped me off and told me that I'd have to go the rest of the way to the border (17km) with one of the motorbike drivers waiting there. Because all other passengers were heading with the bus to the ferry to Si Phan Don.

    So I was standing alone at the border and of course, there's no such thing like an office.
    Instead, some guy told me that he was from Xplore-Asia and he knew that I'd come. But he thought, that there would be more passengers and of course, no bus would run just for one person and bla bla bla.
    He could offer me a taxi ride to Kratie, but it's a long trip, petrol is expensive and just for one person he cannot do it for under 60$. But I have to pay now, because he's not the driver and bla bla bla. The stupid noob I have been at that time, I paid.

    To make it short, it ended up with 7 persons plus a little baby in the Toyota Camry, me together with a khmer lady on the front seat and I think he charged the others as well. I couldn't get out of the car without help, no blood circulation in the legs anymore.

    Thank you Xplore-Asia for the relaxed and inexpensive trip!

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  • ATMs

    There are at least two BCEL ATMs in town, both on Route 13. One opposite the Lao Development Bank, the other one further east at the sports stadium. Worked fine with my ordinary Maestro/Cirrus card.

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  • Departure taxes at the airport..

    Just before leaving the terminal building for your flight, you are asked for 10 USD per head.Most people use this airport to go to Siem Reap, to see the Angkor complex. The waterfalls, quite far from the town, but an enjoyable journey, especially if travelling by a private air-conditioned luxury van.

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