Pakse is supposedly the fourth largest city of Laos. That’s not saying much considering Vientiane is so sleepy that you barely remember it’s a capital city. It is located 670km away from Vientiane and is nestled along the Sedon River and the mighty Mekong. The town itself is quite cute, with wide roads, open spaces, and actual footpaths you can use, though most are very dusty and muddy and being Laos, there are a few holes in the ground and rogue metal railings poking out so watch your step. Pakse is the logical gateway to the South of Laos, and is primarily used as a base to see the surrounding Bolaven plateau, the Khmer temples, and most famous of all, the 4,000 islands (Si Phan Don).
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While in Pakse, there are quite a few budget accommodations that are decent for the price. Nangoi Guesthouse is a very friendly place to spend the night in. The guesthouse has 10 impeccably clean and comfortable rooms. The bedding was white and we did not use our sleep sheets. There is also a very secure luggage room, and two showers/toilets downstairs that can be used once checked out and waiting for a night bus/train.