Tad Katamtok, near Paksong, Bolaven Plateau

Tad Katamtok, near Paksong, Bolaven Plateau

Tad Katamtok, near Paksong, Bolaven Plateau


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Sitting at a crossroads on a desolate stretch along the Bolaven Plateau, Pak Song boasts a dusty marketplace and a few newish buildings scattered around. Its primary importance is as a market centre for the numerous smaller villages in the area, and as a place for processing coffee beans grown on nearby plantations. It's surrounded by moorlands of grass and scrub dotted with occasional clumps of trees and pock-marked by bomb craters -- if you're walking around, stick to the paths.

At first there may not seem to be any reason to stop and stay here, but hang around for a while and you may start to change your mind. It's at a high elevation, and there's a cool tranquillity in the air you won't find elsewhere in the area. At the centre of town lies a football field, and much of the life of the town seems to centre around the sport in turn -- when we visited, an international tournament was under way.

Around the market in the evenings, you'll find locals ... Read our complete Pak Song travel guide

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