Pakse, sitting on the banks of the by now vast Mekong River, is
the gateway city into a region characterised by lush green mountain
ranges, vividly green paddy fields and literally thousands of
Particular highlights include the dramatic Khon pha pheng
waterfalls, the largest in Indochina, and exploring the 4,000 or so
islands in the mighty Mekong. A long tail boat trip along the river
is the perfect way to see remote villages and paddy fields as well
as - if you are lucky - rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
The beautiful ruins of Wat Phu Temple, which pre-dates Angkor
Wat, are also a fascinating day trip, and an ideal warm up to
Angkor itself. Finally, there's always the option of lounging by
the hotel pool or exploring the surroundings by bicycle.