Photo: Waterfalls and an elephant in Tad Lo.


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You can get to Tad Lo by taking a Salavan-bound bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Pakse and getting off at Tad Lo. It's about two kilometres into town, so you might want to look up a tuk tuk for about 10,000 kip. If you do walk, you won't be the first person to have done it.

Going the opposite way, the bus from Salavan to Pakse and Vientiane picks up on the main road, passing by hourly from 07:30ish to 16:30, for 20,000 kip. The same goes for buses to Salavan going in the opposite direction, if you want to continue heading north.

Transport from your guesthouse to the main road costs 10,000 kip per person and can be arranged from many of the restaurants and guesthouses in town. Otherwise it's a two-kilometre walk which surprisingly many people choose to do even when the temperatures are climbing towards 40 degrees Celsius.

If you want to get Sekong or Paksong from Tad Lo, it's a bit of a hassle and requires multiple changes of bus/songthaew. Our advice is to start early from Tad Lo by catching a songthaew to the junction road a few kilometres up the road. From here you will have to wait for anything coming along heading towards either Paksong or Sekong – jump on the first one irrespective of your final destination as better connections are available at the next junction town, Tha Teng.

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Where to next?

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

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