Pakse was an ancient capital of a by-gone kingdom. It has a palace converted into a hotel. It has old French colonial architecture that is decently maintained.
The traffic congestion is not bad at all. The Mekong River is wide this far south. Across the river is a giant Buddha statue with a temple, both on a hill top. Visiting there provides a nice view of Mekong River wrapping around the city of Pakse.
Nearby waterfalls are lovely. They are a joy to watch. What surprises me is how few tourists are. It is worth staying a few nights to enjoy the breeze in the mountain areas.
Pakse is a historic city and a gateway to the fascinating Bolaven Plateau, Vat Phu at Champassak and to the Four Thousand Islands.
I met a number of friendly Lao people at the local market, and a few of the restaurants so it is a welcoming place too. I can speak, read and write functional Lao so I found it easy to meet people.
Pakse is the southern transport hub for Laos only airport in south all buses pass through on Laos Cambodia run good place for 1/2 night stop over
The river is so relaxing and there so many lovely places to eat and bar to enjoy your lunch and dinner.
This was without doubt the worst place I've ever visited. Will I ever go to Paske again? Yes, but only to get the night bus to Vientiane .
Pakse is the chief city in the south of Laos. It is historic and contains interesting Buddhist temples.
The town is close to the Bolaven Plateau which contains many natural attractions, in particular, waterfalls. The townsfolk are mostly Vietnamese with the Lao living as farmers in the countryside.
Actually not a lot to do in Pakse for a tourist except for some shops, spas and restaurants. But it is quiet, so if you want to rest, this is the place.
It is mainly a place from where you depart for other atractions in the region.
We did the green discovery tree tops tour which was the highlight of our trip! We loved it! Pakse itself has little to offer, although we really have it chance staying 3 days.
It's a shame really.
Pakse is a place for relaxing with nice beer bars along the Mekong river where the locals spend time in the evening with nice music.
A country town, prices for everything even tuk tuk is per person. Charges high , we had to bargain for ages.
English speaking people are few and far between. This made thing difficult , those that were fluent ripped you off. Sad as this could be a great place to visit.
The city center is not only around the Main Street where all the backpackers are. Take a day to walk around, see the Mekong and the market and you'll discover a different place.
.. A nice and cosy town... It is the starting point of the Boloven plateau tour and a great place to stay at to visit Champasak. But again, if you only see it as a starting point, you will miss the real sense of it.
Pakse itself is not the best place to see in Laos. Actualy we didn't find anything interesting in this city, but it's a great starting point for the Tree Top Experience trip which we found exciting.
Also it's worth to go to Vat Phou by motorbike / tuk tuk.
Pakse is a sleepy little town that bears testimony to the influence of the French colonists who once resided here.
As with most places in Laos the food is of a pretty decent standard and there are quite a few relaxing little coffee shops. There are various activities in the area surrounding Pakse, including river trips and temple visits, and for these Pakse is a great base. Fantastic sunsets here over the Maekong, head up to the roof garden on the Pakse hotel around 6 to enjoy spectacular sunsets over the river.
Pakse is a small city that is very friendly. It is still pure, meaning not influenced by western society (i.
e. Bangkok). You could spend a few days here just relaxing and absorbing the culture. Rent a moto bike and ride through the country, it's humbling.
The world heritage site "Wat Phu" is worth to visit surely. Many Europeans want to visit Si-Pan-Don at first choice, but I want to recommend here Champasak province old site.
Don't miss it.
Good to visit from there after renting a motorcycle, Champasak and Baloven plateau- last to avoid in raining season
A quiet town, Pakse is good for relaxing for a few days in between adventures, due to its proximity to Champasak and the Bolaven Plateau, and as a gateway between the North and South of the country.
Its main use is the convenience of travelling to Wat Phu from here, an Angkor- era Khmer ruin. Locals are generally very friendly, and were more than willing to help me with directions and advice, but if you miss Pakse, you're not really missing out.
Pakse doesn't have any real attractions though is a pleasant enough town to use as a stepping stone to Vientiane.
It feels like a proper working town, not one where every shop is flogging crap to tourists. Pakse can be used as a base to visit the many waterfalls in the area. We hired a moped which is cheap and flexible, occasionally exciting and always bum numbing. There is also a pre-Ankgorian ruined temple which is worth a visit. We hired a taxi for this though a moped is an alternative. A three night stay should be enough.
When I arrive that city, I understand why that city is last calm morning city. May you want quiet time for yourself, I recommend this city.
Actually I saw solo traveller often in city. There's no dazzle one but calm one.
Its a good down to use as base for daytrips to explore surroundings. Not so many things to do in the city itself
Poor, underdeveloped. Good if you want to see a Laos city that is little changed. Most activities appear to be outside of the town.
Mekong River Cruise to 4000 Islands was fantastic.
You can find everything you want in Pakse,but you have to search for it,excursions to Boloven and 4000 islands are good and visit to Champassak a mustnothing is centralized and you have to go fishing to get the right information.
People are extremely friendly,you find some good restaurants and nice and professional massage
Pakse the city itself it very small and nothing to see, but it is convinient as teh base for the day trip to see some tourist attractions.
Trips to Bolavan Plateau and 4000 Islands easy from Pakse. These day trips are very good, particularly if you can afford your own guide and van.
Make sure you go to watch the sunset on the 6th floor bar/restaurant at Pakse Hotel: great views over the river, very good food and drinks. Excellent staff too. Coffee at Sisouk boutique hotel is very good, hot or cold.
Pakse is the 3 biggest city of Laos. It 's location is best to travel to southern Vietnam and Cambodia
The town itself is not much, but the location makes it a good hub for traveling in Southern Laos. it's a gateway to the Bolaven Plateau, which is nice.
Take day trips to visit the waterfalls and Wat Phou and other surrounding attractions.
Pakse itself has very little to offer but is rather the hub for Boleven Plateau, Waterfalls, and Wat Phou a UNESCO site
Pakse itself doesn't offer much, but is the hub for Boleven Plateau, Waterfalls, 4000 Islands and Wat Phou (UNESCO site)
Very laid-back, very friendly and easily accessible if you are in Isaan, Thailand. (Ubon-Pakse 3-3,5 hours by bus).
Also a good place for visa-renewal, normally you only get a 15 day stay when returning to Thailand by land: I was offered a new 30 day visa!