On this city tour you’ll discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples, an old Catholic church and the local market.
Cross the japanese bridge if you want to capture the best view in Pakse, this 4km hike up to Vat Phou Salao is a must-do. In the early morning or late afternoon, take a ride from Pakse out to the hill with the big golden Buddha.
The Bolaven Plateau is famous for its diversity and many ethnic villages that inhabit the region. Renowned for its soil and high quality coffee it is as well home to dozens of diverse waterfalls. Laven, Katou, Kaleun, Nge, Alak, Souy
and other representatives of the Australasian family are still living in small villages around the plateau. It was at first the French colonialists who exploited the plateau by planting banana trees and coffee plants in the beginning of the 20th century. Presently, around 20,000 tons of coffee are produced each year.
The Si Phan Don (The 4000 islands) is a river archipelago located in the Mekong River in Champasak Province, near Cambodian border. It is characterized by numerous islands, half of which are submerged during raining season. The main islands of Si Phan Don are Don Khong (the largest inhabited island), Don Det and Don Khone. The famous Khone Phapheng waterfalls are called the “South-East Asian Niagara”. They are located east of Done Khone, between the island Done Phapheng and the mainland. Here, the Mekong is at its full power and shows impressively the force of nature.
The religious complex of Vat Phou is of Khmer architecture and Hindu Religion. It is located at the foot of Mount Phou Kao, a sacred mountain. Because of its shape, it was in ancient times identified by the Linga, the phallic symbol of Shiva, and therefore called Lingapawarta. Inscriptions from the 5th and 6th century AD already mentioned a sanctuary built on the hill, contemporary with the foundation of the city. However, the religious complex we see today was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstruction in the 12th and 13th century. Situated at 45 Km from the Southern capital, Pakse, it has recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001.
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 ethnically diverse province in Southern Laos, Sekong has 14 distinct ethnic groups belonging to the Mon-Khmer linguistic family. Discover the The Katu and Talieng which are the largest ethnic groups in the province and are noted for their unique religious practices that mix animism and ancestor worship.