Pakse Journals

Pack to Pakse

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A travel journal to Pakse by SeenThat

Delimiting Stones Photo, Pakse, Laos More Photos
Quote: Even in Laotian terms, Pakse is a remote place; yet, it’s on the map and thus worth of a visit. Surprisingly, the area is very accessible.

Downtown Pakse

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Attraction | "An Island of Peace on an Isthmus"

Pakse Photo, Laos, Asia
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Why Pakse?If traveling for a while in Laos (and in nearby Cambodia) getting tired is inevitable. Despite the roads being surprisingly good (even better than in Bolivia which is a much richer country), the vehicles are old and overcrowded. Slow trips and unexpected delays are the norm.Under such circumstances, a peaceful riverside location with all th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2009

Champasak

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Attraction | "On Nang Pao’s Daughters and a Forgotten Kingdom"

The Riverside Photo, Pakse, Laos
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Untangling the VinesNames in Laos can get tricky. Finding a province, a district and a city bearing the same name is common. Locals address them equally and expect you to understand to which one they refer. This is the case with Champasak. The province is at the southwestern corner of Laos. Its capital city is Pakse; however, there is within the province a district called Champasak and its capital town and administrative center is called Champasak as well. Unluckily for the traveler, the last town was the capital of the Champasak Kingdom and is a major tourism attraction in the area.How to remember all this?The best way is to un...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2009

Si Phan Don

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Attraction | "On Islands, Waterfalls and Dolphins"

The Riverside Photo, Pakse, Laos
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Si Phan DonSi Phan Don means "Four Thousand Island" (in Laotian and most other East Asian languages nouns have only one form, plurals are implied by the accompanying number) is the name of an area on the Mekong River near the border between Laos and Cambodia. Reaching almost fifteen kilometers width during the rainy season, this is the Mekong River widest point; thus it is shallower and features many islands, especially during the dry seaso...Read More

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Traveling in Southern Laos

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The narrow, long strip of Southern Laos reminds, in its geometrical and geographical characteristics, of Vietnam. Despite the shore being here by the Mekong River and the mountains being on the west instead of the east, the set is similar. Regardless its remoteness, Southern Laos is the most accessible part of the country. Pakse’s Bus TerminalsPakse features three bus terminals. The new one is roughly eight kilometers south of the town, while the old one is at the same dis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2009

Voem Kham - An Ice Coffee on the Mekong

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Do you really care what type of coffee I like?I don’t like iced or flavored coffee. Hot and black is perfect. Despite my many visits to Starbucks in several continents, I had never tried their iced or flavored beverages. If I’m feeling adventurous, I go for a cappuccino.Lost in the JungleI arrived for the first time at Pakse after having crossed the border from Cambodia. In those days the border was not officially open; less than twenty travelers per year crossed it. Deep within the rainforest, I witnessed there the most beautiful sunrise in m...Read More

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