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Pakse is the capital of Champassak province in the south of Laos. It is a major economic center and the second most populated city after the capital  Vientiane. Pakse remain a good place to stay for then explore further the marvels of Sounthern Laos. Overlooking the Mekong river and offering a greate view of Pakse and its surroundings, the golden Buddha is truly the symbol of this charming town.

Pakse Weather Overview

Pakse has a tropical climate. The hot season in Pakse is during March to May when temperature levels can potentially reach 40°C. The rainy season is from May to October and travelling during this time can cause inconveniences like damaged muddy roads.

On average the hottest month is April in this destination and the coolest in December. However, temperature levels tend to remain high throughout the year with rain mostly limited from May to October with July being the wettest month. Except for April, the average temperature levels remain high but bearable during the rest of the month. Therefore, Pakse can be visited throughout the year depending on the type activity you have planned for. For pursuing outdoor activities like trekking or hiking the best months to be travelling this area is during January, February and December.

Check the table below for the general idea of Pakse weather throughout the year:

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.6 24.7 18.1
Feb 33.7 27.4 21.3
Mar 35.1 29.4 23.9
Apr 35.5 30 25.1
May 33.6 29.2 25.2
Jun 32.1 28.4 25.1
Jul 31.2 27.7 24.5
Aug 30.9 27.4 24.4
Sep 30.9 27.3 24.1
Oct 31.7 27.1 23.2
Nov 32.1 26.6 21.6
Dec 31.7 25.4 19.3


Best time to go to Pakse

The best time to visit Pakse is during the dry season from November to March, when temperatures are cooler. March to May is the hot season and the temperatures can reach 40ºC or higher. The wet season runs from May to October and the rains could cause some trouble for those looking to explore the region.

Pakse Current Weather & 7-day Forecast


By Flight

Pakse International Airport is 8 kilometers north of town and Lao Arlines offers scheduled flights to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Siem Reap, Bangkok, and Ho chi minh city. Tickets can be booked online, through a travel agent, or directly at the airport.

By Bus

Pakse has 4 bus stations:

Chitpasong Bus Terminal (aka VIP bus terminal; 15.118067, 105.796653) is the most likely bus station you'll arrive at or depart from if you are traveling between Pakse and Vientiane, which is next to the Sedone River and close to the old French Bridge, near the Champasak Shopping Center (supermarket is at 2nd floor), and in the town center. Tickets to Vientiane cost 180,000 Kip, but keep in mind this is for half of a bunk that is shared with another person. If you want a bunk for yourself you will need to purchase two tickets (in the low season 360,000 Kip). You can buy the bus ticket from the 3 ticket counters in the bus station, please choose the middle ticket counter for bigger & more modern sleeper bus.

Kriang Kai Bus Terminal (aka 2km bus terminal; 15.117385, 105.820559) has older sleeper buses to and from Vientiane (180,000 Kip for shared bunk), and is the arrival point and departure point for the international bus from/to Ubon Ratchathani (3 hours 200 Baht) or Bangkok in Thailand. Samlors and tuk tuks will transport you to the town center for about 15,000 Kip.

The Northern Bus Terminal (serving locations north of Pakse) is located about 10 kilometres northwest of the city centre (15.1700 105.7600). Transportation via songthaew to the northern bus terminal is sometimes available at the northeastern side of the market opposite the shopping center (please find out what days/times).

The Southern Bus Terminal (aka 8km Bus Terminal) is mostly used by locals, with slower local buses, and is located 8 km to the east of the city center (15.113957, 105.875482) (30,000 kip by moto to the centre, or 10,000 kip in shared tuk-tuk). Songthaews to Si Phan Don 40,000 kip per person.

Transportation via songthaew to destinations outside of Pakse is available at Dao Huang market and the 8km market.

Pakse has many authentic eateries to delight the foodies. If you are unclear about where to eat in Pakse Laos, we list out the best dining areas to settle down for succulent foods.

Le Panorama Bar and Restaurant

Le Panorama is located on the roof of Pakse Hotel, and offers the city’s best views of the sunset over the Mekong from its sixth-floor terrace. Happy hour every evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. means buy one get one free cocktails, beer and wine with complementary appetizers and dazzling views. For dinner, try a curry or one of the Western dishes such as stuffed chicken or steak.

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  • Meal service: Dinner
  • Atmosphere: Outdoors, Open Kitchen, Romantic
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Address: Street N°5, Ban Vat Luang, Pakse
  • Phone: +856 31 212 131
  • Website:

Dao Lin

Dao Lin is a casual, budget-friendly, family-run cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with no shortage of choice on the menu. Fresh juices and smoothies, and all manner of Asian cuisine are available. Try the spring rolls, Lao dips served with steamed vegetables or any of the noodle dishes.

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  • Meal service: All Day
  • Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoors, Relaxed
  • Localtion: Google Maps
  • Address: 13, Pakxé, Champasak Province, Laos
  • Phone: +8562055733199

Lane Xang Restaurant

Lane Xang is near the VIP bus station on the Xe Don. Visit their shellfish and juice bar on dry land, or climb down the steps to the floating restaurant and enjoy cold drinks, river views and a menu of Lao and Asian food, including rice, noodles, Laap, fried vegetables and fish. Later in the evening, patrons can sing karaoke on board.

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  • Meal service: Lunch, Dinner
  • Atmosphere: Unusual, Casual
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Address: Thanon 11 Road, Pakse, Laos

Dok Mai Lao Trattoria Italiana

For the best pasta, thin crust pizza and cheese plates in town, look no further than Italian-owned Dok Mai Lao Tratoria Italiana. Ask to be seated in the secret garden and you’ll be led down an alley two doors down into a back patio oasis. Sip a glass of wine, chat with the jovial owner and enjoy the charcuterie and bread in a laid back atmosphere.

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  • Meal service: Lunch, Dinner
  • Atmosphere: Romantic, Cosy, Outdoors
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Address: No.24 Road, Pakxé, Champasak Province, 16000, Laos
  • Phone: +8562055302608

Nyek Pakse

If you’re looking for a local spot on the peninsula that’s close to the river, Nyek is your place. This open air restaurant serves local cuisine, including grilled meats, fish, fried vegetables and Lao salads. Practice your Lao or be prepared to use tourist charades, as the staff’s English is limited but the friendly atmosphere and clientele more than makes up for it.

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  • Meal service: Lunch, Dinner
  • Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoors, Relaxed
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Address: Th. 1, Pakse, Laos

Sabaidee Restaurant

Just across the street from Dao Lin is Sabaidee Restaurant, serving a range of Asian and European fare primarily to travelers due to its generous portions and low prices. Try the noodles with seafood, or a bahn mi style sandwich with pork. Vegetarian dishes are available and free, fast Wifi is a plus for those traveling without a phone plan.

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  • Meal service: All Day
  • Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoors, Relaxed
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos
  • Phone: +8562059032222

Hasan Restaurant

Hasan offers a range of Indian, Malay and Western dishes. Consistently lauded as the best Indian food in Pakse, is serves up crowd favorites such as kebabs, samosas and chana masala. Fluffy naan, roti and fruit lassis round out any meal. Hasan is Lao-Indian family-run business and has more options than most restaurants in Pakse for vegetarians and vegans.

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  • Atmosphere: Casual, Cosy, TraditionalOpen In Google Maps
  • Address: No.24 Road, Pakxé, Champasak Province, Laos
  • Phone: +8562055555624

Vida Bakery and Cafe

Vida Bakery and Cafe serves some of the best coffee and pastries in town. The business is focused on providing language and vocational training throughout southern Laos both in Pakse and rural areas. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, Vida Bakery serves up bean and kale quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches and fantastic coffee. The quiet location is perfect for doing some work or kicking back with a good book.

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  • Meal service: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
  • Atmosphere: Casual, Cosy, Modern
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Address: Pakxé, Champasak Province, Laos
  • Phone: +856 20 2925 6632

Cafe Sinouk

Cafe Sinouk is located on the ground floor of Residence Sinouk in Pakse. It serves coffee made from the beans harvested from its plantation in the nearby Bolaven Plateau. In addition to coffee, the cafe serves sandwiches, croissants, soups (try the pumpkin), rice dishes and noodles. If coffee’s not your thing, a variety of frappes, shakes and teas are available. Bags of coffee beans and gifts are available for purchase as well.

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  • Meal service: All Day
  • Atmosphere: Stylish, Arty, Cosy
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos
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As this is a riverside town, you can spend time watching the river and strolling along the delightful waterfront promenade for which Pakse is famous. Some of the other reasons to visit Pakse include the delightful colorful markets as well as the stunning temples and the delicious street food stands that serve fresh local Laotian fare.

1. Admire Wat Luang

Wat Luang is said by locals to be the largest and prettiest temple in all of Pakse and is also the home of a number of monks who live on the property.

If you want to see the famous Laotian alms giving ceremonies performed by the monks, then this is one of the best places to do so.

Another good reason to come here is that this is one of the most beautiful but also less-visited temples in Laos so you won’t have to compete with the crowds.

2. Visit Wat Phou Salao

Wat Phou Salao is a charming temple in a Pakse that is located on a pretty hill that looks out over the Mekong River.

The temple has the claim to fame of having a large statue of the Buddha and, as you would expect, the best time to come here is around sunset when you can enjoy majestic vistas across the countryside.

One thing to note is that you will need to climb up a long and steep staircase to get to the temple so make sure you plan accordingly and wear appropriate footwear.

3. Tour Sacred Heart Church

As you would expect in Laos, you will find temples scattered all over the countryside.

If you are looking for a change of architectural pace however, then you can also visit the Sacred Heart Church which doesn’t look very impressive from the outside but which is actually best known for its interior decorations.

Once inside you will find a number of custom paintings such as Jesus visiting different regions in Laos such as the famous Khon Phapheng Falls and Wat Phu Champasak.

What makes the whole thing even more surreal is that Jesus is also wearing regional outfits in the paintings.

4. Take a trip to Mai Savanh Lao Farm

Mai Savanh Lao Farm is also called the Silk and Tea Farm and is located in Thateng which is around 10 kilometers outside Pakse.

The farm is run by a local NGO and is meant to provide a livelihood for disadvantaged ethnic minorities in the surrounding villages.

The farm is covered in aromatic local plants such as lemongrass, pepper and tea plantations and you can also find pineapples and mulberries here.

To learn all about the work of the farm and the produce on show, you can take an interesting tour with a local guide.

5. Shop at Pakse Souvenirs

Pakse Souvenirs is the place to come if you are interested in local souvenirs, and this shop sells pieces in both the northern and southern styles.

The aim of the shop is to create modern pieces which blend traditional patterns and you will find items such as textiles, furniture, carvings and jewelry.

One of the great things about the items on sale here is that some are made with recyclable materials such as secondhand linens.

6. Stroll along the banks of the Mekong

If you are looking for something to do at night in Pakse then you might want to head to the banks of the Mekong River that runs through town.

There is a riverfront promenade here and you will find some local street food stalls as well as a few restaurants that look out over the water.

There are also several boat restaurants if you fancy dining on the Mekong itself.

7. Eat at Ban Tong Night Market

Ban Tong Night Market is a good place to come if you fancy a bite to eat at night although you won’t be able to eat here as there are no chairs or tables.

You can still however get some delicious bites to take away and there are plenty of pretty spots along the river where you can sit and enjoy the local snacks.

Bear in mind that most of the food is cooked fresh in front of you so you can just peruse the stalls and pick out what you want to eat based on what looks good on the day.

8. Enjoy the Boat Race Festival

If you are in Pakse at the end of October then make sure you head to the Boat Race Festival.

This lasts for some three days and this is when large boats paddle along the Xe Don River.

There is also a carnival held in Pakse and you can visit the fairgrounds that are set up with games and street food snack stalls.

There are also usually street performances such as drumming and musical competitions.

9. Try the noodles

Pakse, and wider Laos, is known for its noodle dishes which you can get all over town.

These are mainly noodle soup dishes which come with a dizzying array of herbs and they make a great snack if you are looking for something wholesome and soothing.

The best thing about the noodle stands in Pakse is that you can get a bowl of soup for as little as KYT 15,000.

10. Shop at Talat Dao Heuang

Talat Dao Heuang is known for being the largest market in town and is located close to the famous Japanese Bridge in Pakse.

Not only is it the biggest market of its kind in the city but it is also known for being one of the largest and most varied across the whole of Laos.

On a trip here you will find delicious local fruits and vegetables and there are also sections that sell oddities like traditional medicine as well as electronics, clothes and shoes.

11. Eat at the baguette stalls

As Laos used to be a former French colony, there is a great tradition of eating delicious breads here.

With that in mind, you will find toothsome baguettes being sold all over Pakse, and usually these are served up to you out of carts at the side of the road.

Most of the baguettes are simply stuffed with tasty pork pate and mean to be eaten as a snack although vegetarians may be able to get other options that use local herbs, salads and omelets.

12. Have a drink on the riverfront

As with many towns and cities in Southeast Asia, the best place to find a sunset drink in Pakse is down by the waterfront.

The local tipple in Laos is beer Lao and you will find a number of stalls, cafes and eateries lining the gorgeous Mekong River.

To get to this part of town you will need to walk across the delightful French Bridge which affords you pretty views across the river.

13. Travel on to the Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau is, ironically, one of the main reasons that many visitors even find themselves in Pakse.

This is also one of the main tourist spots in Laos and is made up of a large plateau that is covered in rivers, majestic jungle and cascading waterfalls.

This is also the region of the ethnic Laven group in Laos and you will also find some traditional villages dotted around the area.

With that in mind, the best way to end your stay in Pakse is to move on to the Bolaven Plateau and check out all the beauty of this iconic region of Laos.

Most hotels and guesthouses in Pakse can be found along the main street between the French Bridge and the roundabout or a short way into its side streets. Prices in Pakse are very high compared to the rest of the country; even higher than Vientiane. Expect to pay around double what you pay elsewhere in Laos and consider booking ahead.

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Sang Aroun Hotel

Set in Pakse, 300 m from Wat Luang, Seng aroun hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and valet parking, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 1.9 km from Champasak Historical Heritage Museum and 2 km from Champasak Stadium.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast.

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Pakse Hotel & Restaurant

Offering a restaurant, Pakse Hotel is set in a former cinema and casino, which is located 3 km from Pakse International Airport. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.

Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a refrigerator. Private bathroom comes with shower facilities.

At Pakse Hotel, you will find a 24-hour front desk. The property offers free parking.

Within a short drive, you can pay a visit to Vat Phot (Wat Phu) and Bolaven Plateau (40 km).

Guests can enjoy local dishes at the restaurant. In-room dining is possible with room service.

Intouch Riverside Hotel

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Intouch Riverside Hotel is located in the Mekong River Front area of Pakse. The excitement of the city center is only 1 km away. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the property provides the best in services and amenities.

While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests.

All guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many even provide flat screen television, clothes rack, mirror, towels, internet access – wireless to please the most discerning guest. The property's outdoor pool are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. 

Le Jardin Pakse

Le Jardin Hotel is set in Pakse, 600 m from International bus station KM 2. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Certain units include views of the pool or garden. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries.

You will find free shuttle service at the property that brings guest to the city centre two times per day at 19:00 and 21:00 hrs.

The hotel also offers car hire. 

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Athena Hotel

Athena Hotel is located in the heart of Pakse. An extensive amount of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops as well as a spa and authentic Lao massage can be found near the property. Athena Hotel aims to provide a comfortable stay by offering specious rooms and standard facilities to enrich your stay. Guests may find a mini bar, coffee/tea making facilities, as well as a private hot water bathroom. Relax on the private balcony or the outdoor swimming pool during your stay. This hotel offers authentic Lao delicacies and also European dishes. 

Champasak Grand Hotel

Situated next to the Mekong River and a 15-minute drive to Pakse International Airport, Champasak Grand Hotel is Pakse's premium class hotel. The property is suitable for guests who are in Pakse for business or pleasure. The hotel staff is dedicated to ensure that guests receive the best hospitality. In each expansive guestroom, guests will find a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds for double occupancy. Guests can gain access to the Internet from every room. Satellite cable TV, coffee and tea facilities, and in-room safety deposit boxes are also provided.


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Despite being open to tourism for the past two decades, Laos remains a destination brimming with hidden treasures and unexplored gems, awaiting the arrival of curious adventurers.

Among these remarkable places is the Xe Champhone Loop, an enchanting location that captures the essence of Laos.

In early September 2022, we had the privilege of embarking on an Educational Tour organized by the esteemed Tetraktys Organization. Our objective was to delve into the wonders of this loop and promote its allure to international tourists.

During our expedition, we were awe-struck by the captivating sights and valuable insights we gained. The area boasts an abundance of captivating natural landscapes, rich traditional culture, and warm-hearted hosts.

We have compiled comprehensive information about this captivating region below.

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Luang Prabang will celebrate the boat racing festival (Boun Souang Heua) in Namkhan River during Buddhist Lent Period, on August 26th, 2022.

A notice issued by Luang Prabang provincial office says that Luang Prabang will arrange Boun Hor Khaopadapdin, an annual festival held to feed spirits with home-made parcels of food, and the boat racing activities along Namkhan River. 

The province intends to promote the traditional festival and practices in hopes of attracting more domestic and foreign tourists, generating revenue for locals.

Traditional racing boats are made of a single tree and can accommodate up to fifty rowers.

The boats are considered sacred, are cleaned, and are given offerings which are believed to bring victory to the team.

In the downtown heart of Luang Prabang, there will also be gatherings and markets.

The festival will be held on August 26th, 2022, the same day with Boun Khao Padapdine.

Covid-19 put a stop to traditional customs and festivals for almost three years, but now that the measurements have been relaxed, tourist destinations in Laos expect to recommence festivities and offer hope for travelers.


How long to spend in Laos may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Laos? 

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The Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people near the beginning of the wet season in numerous villages and municipalities, in the regions of Northeastern Thailand and Laos. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary in traditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia.

The festival in Thailand also includes special programs and specific local patterns like Bung Fai (Parade dance) and a Beautiful Bung Fai float such as Yasothon the third weekend of May, and continues Suwannaphum District, Roi Et on the first weekend of June, Phanom Phrai District Roi Et during the full moon of the seventh month in Lunar year's calendar each year. The Bung Fai festival is not only found in Isan or Northeasthern Thailand and North Thailand and Laos, but also in Amphoe Sukhirin, Narathiwat.

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