Healthcare in Southern Laos is still basic. Precautionary measures should be taken before travelling especially for people with maintenance medication.


Please check with your own General Practitioner or Travel Health Clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to Laos. For more information on the recommended vaccinations for Laos please visit:

Hospitals and Clinics

Pakse Hospital

Located along No.46 road in the city center. This is a public but capable hospital, especially in first aid and emergency situations. Most staff only speak Paasa Lao, so better have a Lao speaking friend or guide to help you. They have vaccinations and even post-exposure rabies shots for toddlers. This is the only hospital in Pakse open at night.

International PolyClinic

This clinic is adjacent to the Pakse Hospital. They have English speaking staff and free wifi inside the waiting room. They have more comfortable rooms for falang patients used to western comforts. Unfortunately, they do close during the night.

New Life Clinic

This fairly new clinic is near the Chinese temple along rd.13 (main road) beside the Chinese school. They do have English speaking staff, but at the time of writing this, most of their services are not available yet.

Emergency Situations

There is an emergency number for Champasak Rescue 1623. You can find more info on their Facebook page @pakse1623

Ambulance Services

The Pakse Hospital can organize a transport for you if you need to go to Ubon Ratchathani for medical assistance. However, you may organize one on your own also.

Important Numbers

Hospital Network Route:
Ambulance Pakse to Chong Mek Border, two phone numbers:
Ambulance Pakse: 030 49 12 875 or ‭030 50 34 395
Emergency Hotline: 1623
A Thai Ambulance will pick you up, make a stop at Sirinthorn Hospital for Triage and then will either take you to Sappasith Government hospital in Ubon [Ratchathani] or Ubon Rak (private). Depending on your request and your condition and who can treat you better according to medical equipment needed.

There is a Lao guy, Kalone, working as Expat Liaison, at the Sappasith government hospital, very helpful guy and speaks English:
+66 (0) 94 987 8266

Private Route:
If you are able to still drive yourself to the border, you can call Ubon Rak directly and they will send and Ambulance to the border or even all the way to Pakse:
+66 (0) 45 429 111

If Ubon is not sufficient, Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok (I’m sure other hospitals as well but this is the one we know) has an MoU with Ubon Rak Hospital and can send an Ambulance there to pick you up and take you to BKK (I don’t know if they are able to come directly to Pakse):
+66 (0) 816191490
+66 (0) 115948

Credit to Maria Minnich-Hege and Alichit Phommahack