The Top Things to See and Do in Pakse, Laos

Pakse | © James Antrobus/Flickr
Pakse | © James Antrobus/Flickr
Photo of Regina Beach
27 November 2017

Pakse is the capital of Champasak Province in southern Laos. Its name means mouth of the river, and it’s located on a peninsula between the Mekong and Xe Don. Pakse is the starting point for visitors looking to visit the Bolevan Plateau or 4,000 Islands, but the town itself is charming. Here are the top things to see and do in Pakse.

Wat Luang

Wat Luang is located near the bridge that spans the Xe Don. This temple has many beautiful paintings depicting the Buddha’s life and his his teachings. Stroll through the well-kept gardens and check out the intricately carved wooden doors.

Wat Luang, Pakse, Champasak Province, Lao PDR

Wat Luang | © Regina Beach/Culture Trip

Wat Luang | © Regina Beach/Culture Trip

Champasak Provincial Historical Heritage Museum

Museum
The Champasak Provincial Museum stores and maintains historical documents pertaining to Champasak. Check out the photos of political figures, collection of traditional musical instruments as well as a model of Wat Phou.

Friendship Mall

The Friendship Mall in Pakse contains a supermarket, movie theater and department stores. It’s a good place to cool off and hang out to beat the heat. Check out the outdoor market area where vendors sell street food.

Friendship Mall, No 13 S Road Pakse, Champasak Province, Lao PDR

Friendship Mall, Pakse | © Regina Beach/Culture Trip

Friendship Mall, Pakse | © Regina Beach/Culture Trip