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Pakse, Pakse Travel Guide, Pakse Laos

Located at the confluence of the Don and the Mekong Rivers, Pakse is the capital and most populous city of Champasak province of Southern Laos. It is also the third largest town in the country and serves as a major traffic junction and commerce center for southern Laos. Pakse is an ideal base for its interesting historical heritages from ancient temples, interesting textiles, musical instrument, or natural beauty as the sights of the river, the sunset.

Quick Facts:

  • Location: southern Laos
  • Status: province
  • Population: about 87,000 people
  • Telephone area code: 856-031

Pakse was founded by French colonialists as an administrative outpost in 1905 and also formerly the capital of the Lao Kingdom of Champasak until it was destroyed in 1946 when the Kingdom of Lao was created. In May 1975, it fell to Pathet Lao and since then Pakse has become an economic power and regional importance in the region. The bridge over the Mekong River was constructed, which has allowed road traffic with Ubon Ratchathani, integrated the city and neighbouring countries.

Tourists coming here have a magnificent choice of location as remarkable temples, the central market, the heritage museum or the weaving village of Bansaphai. Pakse is also home to colonial style houses. The Champasak Historic Museum is a must-see site for art lovers. It exhibited the history of Laos, along with some artifacts, local crafts and local tribes found in this area. Wat Phou, or Mountain Temple, is the most important attraction of South Laos, also one of the best conserved examples of major Khmer architecture. The temple was founded in the early 19th century by Jayayarman II, the first king of an independent Khmer nation. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2005. It is smaller but 200 years older than Angkor Wat and both were built in the same style, exude the same atmosphere of an ancient city. Its surroundings are the ruins of associated temple monuments as the Nang Si Da and Tao Tao Temples. Tourists who want to admire the natural beauty can pay a visit to Khone Phapheng Waterfall or the Boloven Plateau.The Bolaven Plateau is situated in an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago, now is a fertile plain to the North of Pakse. Visitors also take a tour around with national parks, dramatics waterfalls, remote ethnic hill tribes. Khone Phapheng Waterfall is also an impressive sight. Here, the entire Mekong with all its force cascades down curving stone outcrops and tints the massive stones with rainbows. Visitors can require a tuk-tuk ride, rent a motorbike to take tour around the landscapes or ride an elephant to the top of Phou Asa Mountain at Ban Khiat Ngong.

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