Pakse is the capital city of Champasak province located in Southern Laos. It is a major transport hub located on the banks of the Mekong and Se Don rivers. This modern city is known for the famous Bolaven Plateau, home to wonderful waterfalls and many beautiful Laotian style ancient Buddhist temples. For tourists exploring Laos, Pakse is a recommended stopover for a few days before heading to other regions in the country.
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Wat Luang is the largest temple of Pakse and also the most beautiful. It houses a Buddhist Monk School. The temple has elegant sim-style architecture and is home to hundreds of young Buddhist monks, who participate in the alms-giving ceremony. Tourists can take part or watch the ceremony every morning near the temple complex around sunrise.
Wat Phabad is the oldest temple of Pakse. Phabad translates to Buddha's footprint, which is present in the shrine.
A 5th century Angkor temple, which is the only temple belonging to the Khmer empire in Laos.
A 13th-century ancient temple dedicated to Chinese Buddhism.
A hill temple on the river banks close to the city of Pakse, known for stunning views of the landscapes around the river.
Phou Salao temple is one of the places in Pakse to watch some stunning views of the town along the Mekong.
Apart from offering great views of the surroundings, it is one of the important landmarks in Pakse.
Located about 50km from Pakse, this area is famous for several waterfalls including the Tad Lo and That Fang, the tallest waterfalls of Laos. You can visit the plateau as a day trip from Pakse or spend a few days.
Pakse translates to the mouth of the river in the local language. It is the second-most populous city in Laos. Pakse was established as an administrative town by the French in 1905. After the colonization ended, it functioned as the capital of the Kingdom of Champasak until its unification with the Kingdom of Laos in 1946.
Since 1975, Pakse has become an economic power, and its location close to the borders of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia has made it into an important transport hub. The construction of bridges over the Mekong has led to the influx of international tourists.