Pakse - wtgl1
Pakse or Pakxe is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak, making it the second most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers, it has a population of about 88,000.
If you plan to go to the Bolaven Plateau, Wat Phou, Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands), the Xe Pian National Protected Area, or Lao Ngam and Tad Lo in neighboring Salavan province. Pakse is an ideal base with its relaxing atmosphere on the Mekong and Sedone Rivers, friendly locals, ubiquitous riverside restaurants and bars, and numerous massage clinics.
One of highlights in Pakse is to visit 5 most beautiful waterfalls in Laos and South East Asia. Khon Phabeng is the giest and named as “Niagara of Asia”, the impressive twin waterfall Tad Fane drop about 120 and viewed from the other side like 2 strips of silk.
You also can visit the oldest Kh’me temple Wat Phou. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva was bathed in water from a mountain spring.