Breathtaking landscapes, ancient temples, relaxing islands, and coffee plantations, there is something for every traveler in Southern Laos. This region is full of beauty and natural wonders, undisturbed by the crowd.
Talk a walk through history. Stand in the presence Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian temples. Read ancient Khmer inscriptions that were preserved in a cave.
Or take it easy and visit the laid back island of Don Daeng. Depending on how active you feel, this trail can be taken by walking, cycling, or motorbike.
You can select from four trails to explore archaeological and nature themes.
And if local life and culture is your interest, there are four trails for these themes.
To make your travel experience more enjoyable in Laos, There are some simple but important Do’s and Don’ts you should remember throughout your stay.
Take a look at the list inside and read the cartoon (free for download) to make local interactions interesting and fun; plus, earning respect by giving respect to local residents is an added bonus.
All visitors entering Laos must possess a valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity). A 30-day visa in advance of arrival is available at the Lao Embassy or Consulate in your country.
There are three capable hospitals and clinics in Pakse. For urgent situations please contact Champasak Rescue 1623 or the other emergency numbers listed here.
Pakse sits at the confluence of the Mekong and the Se Don river. The city retains the sort of Mekong River–town lethargy found in Savannakhet and Tha Khaek further north. Several colonial-era buildings remain, do look for the grandiose, Franco-Chinese-style Chinese Society building in the centre of town.
From the ancient Vat Phou temple, to the colonial mansions and the old Lao stilt houses, life seems pretty much the same as it was a century ago. A town situated between the Mekong river and the Phou Kao mountains, it was once a prosperous city of the Champasak Kingdom that formed one-third of Laos back in 1713.
The landscape of the Bolaven Plateau is characterized by coffee and tea plantations and dramatic waterfalls. An expanse of highland from an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau is a haven for lush vegetation.
The Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA), established in 1993 and covering an area of 2,400 square kilometres, is considered to be one of the top three most biologically important protected areas in Laos.
4000 Islands or Si Phan Don is a collection of islands in the Khong district of Champasak province near the Cambodian border. Only 33 islands are actually inhabited, while some of the smaller ones are submerged during the rainy season.
Situated in the Sekong river valley, sandwiched between Sekong province to the north, Champasak province to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east, relaxed Attapue is considered as Southern Laos last frontier.
Sekong Province is one of the least explored provinces in Laos due to the rugged landscape and mountainous terrain that rises to the Dacheung Plateau. Known as the most ethically diverse province in Southern Laos, Sekong has 14 distinct ethnic groups belonging to the Mon-Khmer linguistic family.
Rugged and untouched, Salavan province is an explorer’s paradise. Breathe in the fresh air of the evergreen woodlands and rolling hills. Explore the spectacular waterfalls, such as Tad Lo, that cascade through the forests during the wet season. A southeastern province situated on the Bolaven Plateau is devoted to agriculture and nature offering idyllic scenery.