The main attraction in Pakse is the Khmer archeological ruin of Wat Phu Champasak which was built by the founder of the first Khmer empire, Jayavarman II. It is much smaller than Angkor but still a rival to that ancient empire. Other attractions in the Champasak region include the 4,000 islands of Si Phan Don near the Cambodian border; elephant trekking in Ban Khiet Ngong; Southeast Asia's highest waterfall, Khong Phapeng; and insight into authentic, traditional Laotian life on the islands of Don Kho near Pakse and Don Deng near Champasak Town.
Climate: Paksehas a tropical savanna climate with very warm temperatures throughout the year. Temperatures are especially high in the months before the monsoon season (March-April). There is a distinct wet season (April-October) and dry season (November-March).
Best time to visit: The months between November and April are the ideal time to visit Pakse when the average temperatures are at a comfortable level.
Getting here: Pakse International Airport is 8 kilometers north of town. There are daily flights to Pakse from Vientiane (1hr 15mins) and 3 flights a week from Luang Prabang (1hr 50mins) with Lao Airlines.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
November to January is the best time to visit lowland Laos, when daytime temperatures are agreeably warm, evenings are slightly chilly and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. However, at higher elevations temperatures are significantly cooler, sometimes dropping to freezing point. In February, temperatures begin to climb, reaching a peak in April, when the lowlands are baking hot and humid.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
The easiest and quickest way to get into Laos is to fly. There are three main international airports in Laos, with Vientiane being the main gateway into the country. The three international airports including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang and Pakse International Airline in Pakse and another international airport near Savannakhet called savannakhet Airport which serves only one international airline to Suvarnabhumu in Thailand.
Airlines flying to & from Laos including Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air Asia recently.
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