Flag of Laos

Pakse

Getting there and away

Air

Pakse airport is located just a few kilometres north of town, offering flights to many airports in Laos, along with international flights to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap among a growing host of others.

There's also a Lao Airlines office in Pakse along the river, west of the BCEL, that's only open on weekdays. You can also book online: http://www.laoairlines.com/. If you're staying at one of the better hotels they can arrange pick up for you, but if you just show up there are always tuk tuks available when flights touch down for about 20,000 kip -- negotiate to get a good price.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • To correct information on the Orientation Page. ATM's in Pakse are ubiquitous. You will not have a problem finding one.

    Update by BCran (1)
    Written on 15th March, 2013

Have an update or correction?


Details

(Remotely sensible, non-ranting comments are much appreciated. Serial ranters, loons and spammers will be banished!

Please note reviews are now pre moderated. Not all reviews will be published and submissions may be edited for clarity, typos and style before they appear.

Please login and refresh this screen before adding your update -- thanks!

Bus

Hotels, restaurants and travel agencies along Road 13 offer bus tickets that include transport to the terminal or a local pick up in town. You sometimes pay extra in town and those on a tight budget might save money by getting on a songthaew to the relevant bus station, but it's like splitting hairs. You can potentially pay more by journeying out to the bus station if you have to charter your own transport here.

The Northern Bus Terminal
This terminal is located eight kilometres outside Pakse past the airport. Regular buses and VIP buses leave directly from the terminal and tickets can be booked here, though some of the departures are the same buses you can book in town.

Savannakhet – every hour through the day – 50,000 kip
Tha Khaek – every hour through the day – 60,000 kip
Vientiane – every hour through the day – 120,000 kip

Da Nang, Vietnam – 07:00 – 220,000 kip

Southern Bus Terminal
This terminal, eight kilometres along Road 13, is just a patch of dirt surrounded by wooden stalls -- known as the eight kilometre market. It's just on the other side of the junction with the road to Veun Kham. The information provided by signage and staff at the terminal is poor and some aren't sure what time certain buses arrive. Take these times with a grain of salt.

Attapeu (190km) - 06:45/08:00/10:30/15:00 - 45,000 kip
Ban Khiet Ngong (56km) – 10:00/12:00 – 35,000 kip
Don Khong (140km) - 08:30/10:30/11:30/13:00/14:30/15:30 - 50,000 kip
Nakasang (144km) - 08:00/09:30/10:00/11:00/12:00/13:00/14:00/15:00/16:00 - 50,000 kip
Pak Song (50km) - 08:00/09:00/10:00/12:00/13:00 - 25,000 kip
Salavan (110km) - 07:30/09:30/10:45/12:00/14:30 - 30,000 kip
Sekong (144km) - 07:30/09:30/11:30/13:30/14:30 - 35,000 kip
Veunkham (154km) - 07:00/11:00 - 50,000 kip

Daoheuang Market/KM2 Market
The KM2 market is located two kilometres out of town on the road to Si Phan Don. From here it is possible to catch tuk tuks to Champasak and minivans to the Thai border.

Champasak (45km) – 09:00/11:00/12:00 – 25,000 kip
Thai border – depart when full – 80 baht

The Chong Mek/Vangtao Border
The Thai side of the border is a short, 20 baht songthaew ride from the Chong Mek bus terminal, and is open from 06:00 to 18:00 daily. Vangtao, on the Laos side, has regular working hours from 08:00 to 16:00, Monday through Friday. From 16:00 to 18:00, weekends and official holidays are all considered “over-time”, and an additional fee is levied.

One-month visas for Laos are US$30 to 45 depending on your nationality. Keep walking down the road from the border into Laos and songthaews and taxis are available at a small, dingy terminal 200 metres down on the left. Both leave when full – 80 baht is the correct price at time of writing. The trip is 45 kilometres and takes about 40 minutes. All vehicles drop off at the Daoheuang Market (otherwise known as the two-kilometre market), which is two kilometres from most of the guesthouses near the river -- where tuk tuks and samlors are available and should cost about 10,000 kip per person after bargaining.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • Travelling to Ubon: Take a tuktuk to Tad Lao market, there take a minibus to Van Tao, cross the Lao and the Thai border, after Thai border walk to the bus stop (about 100 m), there take a normal bus to Ubon bus station. Best time is in the morning.

    Update by Armando696 (2)
    Written on 13th January, 2014

  • Buses from Ubon 09:30 and 15:30 THB200, from Pakse 8:30 and 15:30 Kip60,000

    Update by Finlaco (4)
    Written on 23rd January, 2012

Have an update or correction?


Details

(Remotely sensible, non-ranting comments are much appreciated. Serial ranters, loons and spammers will be banished!

Please note reviews are now pre moderated. Not all reviews will be published and submissions may be edited for clarity, typos and style before they appear.

Please login and refresh this screen before adding your update -- thanks!

Boat

Ah, the disappearing, reappearing boat to Champasak! There used to be a US$5 boat, but it was discontinued. Now (as of late 2012) it's back on and travel agents and the Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse offer the standard 60,000 kip ride to Champasak plus some options in terms of touring Wat Phou and continuing on down to Don Dhet. Boats leave at 08:00 daily from the Pakse boat landing. It's a more expensive option than taking a songthaew, but similar to that of a minivan and a much more rewarding excursion.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • As I was told by a travel agent the US5$ boat is, again, gone since over two years. It seems that there are only quite expensive solutions if you want to take a boat to Champasak or one of the mekong islands (I didn't investigate any further).

    I also think that Lanexang Travel is gone as well or maybe they evolved into a guesthouse, anyways, I haven't found them where they should be (regarding to the Pakse map).

    Update by lamebot (1)
    Written on 27th February, 2013

Have an update or correction?


Details

(Remotely sensible, non-ranting comments are much appreciated. Serial ranters, loons and spammers will be banished!

Please note reviews are now pre moderated. Not all reviews will be published and submissions may be edited for clarity, typos and style before they appear.

Please login and refresh this screen before adding your update -- thanks!

Getting Around

Travellers who have spent time in Thailand are often disappointed to find there are no motorcycle taxis in Pakse. A limited number of tuk tuks and samlors (motorcycles with side cars) are available in town -- try flagging one down or find one stopped along the street around town. The samlors charge per person and carry a maximum of two passengers: 5,000 kip for short trips within town, 10,000 kip for trips to the outlying bus terminals and the airport. Tuk tuks are a bit trickier -- they tend to cruise the streets during peak times, and you can flag one down that's going in your direction and maybe pay as little as 5,000 kip for a ride. But solo travellers and small groups wanting to get the bus station or airport on their own will have to pony up to around 40,000 kip total.

Motorbikes are a popular way to explore the outlying areas, especially the waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau, and they make getting down to Champasak or Ban Khiet Ngong easy as pie. Motorbike rentals are available at countless hotels in town. The going rate is 60,000 per day, 50,000 per day for longer term rentals. They even offer funky automatic motorbikes now for those with little experience on two wheels -- these go for about 100,000 kip. While the roads are generally good, be prepared for some rough spots and pot holes. Also, chickens and cattle milling in the road, kids playing in the street and random piles of dirt and debris. On our visit to the area we even had to detour around an accident site where an unfortunate Laotian had been killed and was lying on the road covered in blood. It's one of those things that immediately reminds you of how vulnerable you are when riding a motorbike. Take it easy out there.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • The boat is available outside of the low season. Go direct to Saibaidy 2 guest house and its K60,000 per person, minimum 2 people. Avoid Travel Agencies whose knowledge is solely commission based

    Update by Finlaco (4)
    Written on 3rd December, 2013

  • ''To Vietnam
    International buses to Vietnam depart from the Northern Bus terminal. Note these use the more northern crossing at Lao Bao -- not Bo Y. Sample fares include:
    Lao Bao 80,000 kip, Dong Ha 100,000 kip, Hue 150,000 kip, Da Nang 180,00 kip.
    ''.
    I 've just visit Pakse . There are a bus to Gia lai (Viet Nam ) via Bo Y. Everyday from 7 am ,to Gialai at 6 Pm (have lunch at 11am at Duc Loc restaurant , Atapuh),price: 17 usd.
    sorry ,my english . could you edit. thanks

    Update by songdakbla (2)
    Written on 22nd February, 2012

Have an update or correction?


Details

(Remotely sensible, non-ranting comments are much appreciated. Serial ranters, loons and spammers will be banished!

Please note reviews are now pre moderated. Not all reviews will be published and submissions may be edited for clarity, typos and style before they appear.

Please login and refresh this screen before adding your update -- thanks!


Photo gallery

Photo for

Jump to a destination


Newsletter signup

Sign up for Travelfish Burp!

Our weekly wrap on Southeast Asian travel.
Click here to see a recent newsletter.

We respect your email privacy