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As the gateway to southern Laos and a provincial capital, Pakse is typical of southern settlements with one or two wonderful if slightly tired old colonial buildings.

Pakse market, LaosMuch like southern Laos itself, Pakse is characterised by a feeling that time has taken a detour and passed it by.

The town is small and compact making it easy to explore by foot, and with an afternoon in town you should head to the river to watch sunset over the Mekong.

The market is also worth a visit if you have time.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Pakse

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Pakse, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Pakse

    Ideas for experiencing Pakse

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Pakse, and which use the best local guides.

    • Wat Phou Rice Barge
      Vat Phou Cruise in the 4000 islands

      Wat Phou Rice Barge

      Wat Phou Rice Barge

      This sympathetically converted rice barge cruises between Pakse and the Four Thousand Islands area of southern Laos.

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