Pakxe lies at the confluence of the Xedone and Mekong rivers, and is located halfway between Thakhek and Si Phan Don at the border of Cambodia. Though historically the capital of the Lao Kingdom of Champasak, it is now referred to as the largest city of southern Laos.
From a traveller’s point of view, Pakse serves as a great stopover for more touristy destinations like the Bolaven Plateau; the ancient, pre-Angkor Khmer ruins of Wat Phu Champasak; and, finally, Si Phan Don.
For us, Pakse was nothing more than an opportunity to indulge in two French rooftop dinners at sunset and to take a few photographs of the river. Our day involved hiring a manual motorcycle, and embarking on the ambitious day trip to cover both the Bolaven Plateau and Wat Phu Champasak.