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Pakse has loads of hotels and guesthouses, mostly clustered around the northern part of town. They're all within walking distance of each other and the riverbank.

Alisa Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Road 13, Pakse
T: (031) 251 555

Alisa stands out as perhaps the best value accommodation option in town and is perfect for those not searching for the absolute cheapest room. This modern hotel comes with rooms that have cable TV, fast in-room WiFi, air-con, clean hot water bathrooms with Western toilet and some even come with fabulous balconies. The beds are plush and neat and the place exudes quality on a budget. There are a... Read our full review of Alisa Guesthouse.

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Residence Sisouk Boutique Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
11 Road, Pakse
T: (031) 214 716

Residence Sisouk Boutique Hotel is a fantastic stylish hotel located in a fabulously renovated colonial building. Each of the tastefully designed rooms is unique and shuns completely the conventional cookie cutter approach to hotel room styling that many other upmarket hotels adopt. Rooms are beautifully appointed with Lao fabrics and traditional garments and come with comfortable beds with crisp... Read our full review of Residence Sisouk Boutique Hotel.

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Lan Kham Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
13 Road, Pakse
T: (031) 213 314

If there ever was a backpacker mainstay in Pakse, the Lankham is right up there with the best of them. It's simply an old hotel offering cheap, simple and clean rooms in a central location. The rooms are small and come with a couple of pieces of furniture to stash your junk on, private hot water bathroom with Western toilet and a window facing outside if you're lucky or a corridor if you're not.... Read our full review of Lan Kham Hotel.

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Saigon-Champasak Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Road 13, Pakse
T: (031) 254 181

At the Western end of town on the main road is the Saigon-Champasak, a narrow old building next to the Royal Pakse. It's a Vietnamese-run place that isn't as popular as many others in town, but this is perhaps because it's easy to miss when walking along the road. The rooms are all air-con and come in two configurations. Double beds without windows and twin beds with windows. Both configurations... Read our full review of Saigon-Champasak Hotel.

Sedone River Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
By the river, Pakse
T: (031) 212 158

The main reason people come to Sedone River Guesthouse is for the cheap fan rooms dotted around the property. The rooms come with cheap beds topped with cheap sheets, cold water bathrooms and bucket-flush Western toilets – nothing else. There is an untidy terrace that in days gone by was a dream, but we were underwhelmed at how unkempt it looked. They just need to spend a bit of money on some... Read our full review of Sedone River Guesthouse.

Royal Pakse Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
13 Road, Pakse
T: (030) 956 0809

This multi-storey hotel in the middle of the tourist area on 13 Road is a reasonable budget choice. It's an old hotel with traditional hotel rooms which include mini fridge, cable TV with CNN, writing desk and springy beds. It's a clean place with bright white walls and dullish tiled floors. It could look even brighter in the rooms if they used stronger light bulbs, but as is the case in most of... Read our full review of Royal Pakse Hotel.

Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Road 24, Pakse
T: (031) 212 992

Sabaidy 2 has been a backpacker haunt for years and really lives up to its backpacker reputation with a vibe not found anywhere else in Pakse. The dorm rooms are what everyone comes for, but they're in such high demand that they're rarely available and you're left with the overpriced private rooms with share bathroom. In fact, the private rooms are so overpriced that we recommend going elsewhere... Read our full review of Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse.

Salachampa Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Road 10, Pakse
T: (031) 212 273

There are two different styles of rooms at Sala Champa with the difference being the building they're housed in and their size. It's a standard hotel with some boutique aspects such as quirky designer chairs to lounge on and a tasteful paint job on what otherwise would look like a ratty old building. It's been done up just enough to clear away that old dumpy feeling and now has a bit of grace... Read our full review of Salachampa Hotel.

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Sang Aroun Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
13 Road, Pakse
T: (031) 252 111

This multi-storey complex looks luxurious from the outside with flashy trimmings and bright paint. But get past the exterior and into the rooms and things just don't stack up. The rooms are clean and inoffensive with old TVs, minibar, air-con and hot water bathrooms with Western toilet. But they are slightly dull when considering the price and what is on offer across the road at Alisa. Free WiFi... Read our full review of Sang Aroun Hotel.

Champasak Palace Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Road 13, Pakse
T: (031) 212 263

This place was built by a Laotian prince as a residence, but he had to abandon it before it was finished when the French government pulled out of the country. The palace is now owned by a Thai group who finished construction and converted it into a hotel. If this is in your budget range, it's worth a look. The rooms are clean if a little aged, while the more affordable rooms in the newer wing are... Read our full review of Champasak Palace Hotel.

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Tad Fane

Some 38km from Pakse town, Tad Fane is home to a single resort.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Pakse? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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