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Pakse is the capital of Champasak province in Laos. Pakse (pop. 70.000) is one of the biggest towns in Laos and a major transportation hub for southern Laos. If you plan to go to the Bolaven Plateau or Si Phan Don you will probably have to spend some time here.


Get in

By Air

Pakse International Airport is some km north of town and offers scheduled flights to Vientiane and Siem Reap. Tuk-Tuks and Motos will carry you to the town for US$1-3.

By Boat

There is a regualar slow-boat service to Si Phan Don. Departure is around 8am but check the day before. The boat landing is near the mouth of the Xe Don river.

By Road

"VIP" buses from/to Vientiane operate from near the Champasak shopping centre in the town centre, while transport from/to the south uses the bus station 8km south of town. The journey takes about 10 hours and should cost around US$8.

"VIP" buses from/to Thailand via the Chong Mek border crossing take about 2 hours and charge US$5 (200 baht)

Get around

This is a small town so walk around. Otherwise there are enough tuk tuks around. A trip to the market will cost around 5000 kip and US$1 to the bus station.



There's not so much to do in Pakse but this is the base for travel to the Bolaven Plateau and Si Phan Don.

It's possible to organize a day-trip to Wat Phu near Champasak, where you can also stay easily.

Rent a motorbike and head east towards Pak Song (Paxxong). The ride is pretty, and there are heaps of waterfalls to stop by near Pak Song. Admission tends to be the same at every place, 5000 K per person, 3000 for the bike.


A large market is some km south of town on Road 13 near the Mekong bridge.


Nazim, Phonsavan hotel, serves Indian dishes at about 10000-20000 Kip. Portions are small, food is ok. Plenty of vegetarian options. Jasmin is next door and serves exactly the same dishes at the same price.


Beer Lao


  • Pakse Hotel [1] (near the Champasak shopping centre) offers a broad range of rooms.
  • Champasak Palace hotel, the former royal palace on road 13 is probably the most upmarket option in town.

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