10 Things to Do in Pakse That You Shouldn't Miss

September 16, 2017 Janette Largent

Pakse, or Pakxe (French: Paksé; Laotian: ປາກເຊ [pȁːk séː] "mouth of the river"; Thai: ปากเซ), is the capital and most populous city of the southern Laotian 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. It also served as the capital of the Kingdom of Champasak until it was unified with the rest of Laos in 1946.
Restaurants in Pakse

1. Golden BuddhaSouthern Laos TourismFind peace and relaxation in Southern Laos

Road 16W, Pakse, Pakse 1600, Laos
Excellent
39%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4 based on 182 reviews

Golden BuddhaSouthern Laos TourismFind peace and relaxation in Southern Laos

Reviewed By plwh888 - Singapore

We rented a car and decided to drive up instead of climbing the stairs, went to the main temple for prayers and blessing by the resident Monk. Thereafter, we through the Avenue of Buddha (lots of Buddha statues arranged on a slope steps.
The big Buddha sit majestically on the side and face the Mekong River and Protecting Pakse town. Great photo opportunity.

2. Cooking Class at Xuanmai Garden Resort

Road 13 | Road 13 to the south at Xuanmai Garden Resort, Pakse 1600, Laos +856 20 28 058 585
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
0%
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5 based on 28 reviews

Cooking Class at Xuanmai Garden Resort

Reviewed By Yarden Y

Cooking class was a great experience which were i learned a lot about the thai-lao-vietname kitchen. The cooking teacher was really friendly, with great english and she answer all the the question i had with great patience. I learn cooking skill which i can easly used back it home. Delicous food. Thankyou so much i enjoy it! Cupjay- Lai-lai!

3. Green Discovery

Unit 47 Road 13 | Ban Phabath, Pakse 1600, Laos
Excellent
68%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Green Discovery

Reviewed By Marilou t

We did the two day- one night zip line tour out of Pakse.
It was AMAZING!
Breathtaking views while zip lining through the Bolaven Plateau.
There is quite a bit of hiking involved which requires some fitness but honestly don't let that discourage you, it's worth it.
We were glad we only did one night instead of two as we didn't sleep the best in the tree house...lots of noises and bugs- it is in the outdoors right. It was a great experience and definitely recommend it!
The food provided was also delicious!

4. Miss Noy Motorbike

129, Road 13, Pakse 1600, Laos +856 20 22 272 278
Excellent
74%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Miss Noy Motorbike

We are not renting the bike for 24 hours, But you can return the bike before 8 AM of the next day morning without charge ^___^

Reviewed By John and Deb K - Karratha, Australia

Such a shame that they decided to take an extra long lunch the day we turned up to do business. The sign said they would be back after one, we waited until nearly two then gave up and went else where. Obviously due to the popularity through these web sites they are not too fussed about staying open as they have plenty of business.

5. Dok Champa MassageSouthern Laos TourismFind peace and relaxation in Southern Laos

Street No. 5, Ban Watluang | opposite the Pakse Hotel, Pakse 1600, Laos +856 20 54 188 778
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Dok Champa MassageSouthern Laos TourismFind peace and relaxation in Southern Laos

Reviewed By Th3Bowmans - Brisbane, Australia

I'd read a little on reviews of this massage service and was very impressed. The Loation owner speaks great English and gives plenty of information regarding options. She checks your preferences and passes on to masseuse. Very professional and clean. I wanted to go back but our plans have changed so am quite disappointed. I'd highly recommend.

6. Xplore-Asia Day Tour

No 4, Street 12, Pakse 1600, Laos
Excellent
88%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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2%
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5 based on 41 reviews

Xplore-Asia Day Tour

Reviewed By ukrandomtraveller - uk

Mai was a great organiser managing to fit a very short tour around my plans! In 24 hours I saw some amazing Waterfalls...went to a coffee plantation...stopped at a local village...slept in a tree house...breakfast in a local market...and a trek to an ethnic village. many thanks to my driver for a great trip! I had a brilliant time

7. Wat Luang TempleSouthern Laos TourismExplore the history and traditions of Southern Laos

Pakse, Laos
Excellent
25%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Wat Luang TempleSouthern Laos TourismExplore the history and traditions of Southern Laos

Reviewed By TinaTravel17 - Stockholm, Sweden

Good place to stop by if you are close to it. Many munks and locals gather here to pray. The wat is close to all the restaurant and hotels.

8. Daoheuang Market

No.38 Rd, Pakse 1600, Laos +856 20 56 060 579
Excellent
29%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Daoheuang Market

Reviewed By 918teresah - Manchester, United Kingdom

You can buy almost anything here food and souvenirs. Busy local market with fresh food. The bread stalls outside were great so fresh.Lots of non food stalls and gold stores as well. Easy to get to by Tuk Tuk from the town and there is always plenty of them outside. I think 1-1/2 hrs is plenty here

9. Tad Yuang Waterfalls

Pakse, Laos
Excellent
48%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Tad Yuang Waterfalls

Also spelled Tad Gneuang, this is a 40m high, truely picturesque waterfall surrounded by beautiful nature. Be careful when walking down to the pool of water, the steps are slippery. At the entrance to the falls (signposted well on road 16E at Km 40) you'll find food and drink stalls and a restaurant.

Reviewed By plwh888 - Singapore

There's a small fee require for entrance to this Waterfalls, i find it strange that there is a jewellery store, really ? From the entrance one walk down to the Top of the waterfall, there are really nice ponds and stream of gentle water, where it will fall off the cliff and becomes the Waterfalls.
One can walk down to the base of the Waterfalls but we didnt as we were too tired touring, cramping too much in one day. But it is really nice to be walking at the top of the falls, soaking our tired fees in the cool water.

10. Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex

Chomphet Village, Pakse 1600, Laos
Excellent
18%
Good
69%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 22 reviews

Chomphet Stone Sculpture Village and Temple Complex

Reviewed By 918teresah - Manchester, United Kingdom

I have been here before and always find something different to look at. The temple complex is lovely ads there are nuns inside who will give you a blessing(for a donation)
Such a peaceful complex during the weekdays but I can imagine busy at weekends and festival days.The stone village is interesting watching sculptors turn plain stone into amazing statues and the hard work it takes. There is also a Buddha moulding workshop which makes cement Buddhas which is interesting how each piece to put together.

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