Thakhek is a base town for outdoor activities, such as trekking, caving and rock climbing. The unique and dynamic landscape of limestone mountains are must-see.
Thakhek doesn't have a heart or real centre. Consequently it has very little character. Overall it is run down but not in a way which is beautiful.
There is no post colonial faded grandeur here. I was disappointed.
Thakhek is really a terrible place. There is nothing there to see or do and the people do not seem very happy at all.
Very few people are helpful and it will take you forever to figure out how to get anything done. Being from the United States I would compare this place to a run-down, rural, small town in Texas who's only livelihood comes from a giant tire that the locals trick tourists into paying lots of money to see. For Thakhek, that giant tire would be the "Thakhek Loop" and the locals make money by selling backpackers crappy bikes and then charge them extra to fix things when the bikes don't work from the start. The Tuk Tuk drivers charge an insane amount to go anywhere and the accomodation is orders of magnitude too high for a town like this. Even the staff at the Travel lodge constantly lied to us about Tuk Tuk prices, telling us it costs over 200,000k to get to the Green Climbers place during the day and that you cannot buy tickets in advance for VIP buses to Vientiane ( you can through Green Discovery Tours ) If you want to enjoy the mountains outside of Thakhek try to find some other town to stay in if you need to stay somewhere. Thakhek is a reall pain in the a**
Tha Khek is very small so activities are confined to the waterfront and a few streets in the centre of town.
The residents are very friendly. One interesting point is that only a few children seem to go to school so you see them selling food in the evenings.