Pakse is the largest commercial city in Laos, a hub of waterway and land transportation, as well as the capital of Champasak province. This city is the third largest city of Laos, with an area of about 10 square kilometers and a population of more than 40,000. The administration and the main business districts are located in the east of the river. There're sawmill, rice and brick factories in the city; forests, rice farming and aquaculture in the suburbs; there're also roads to Vientiane, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. There is an airport in the west of the city.
The altitude is about 100 meters, the annual average temperature is 26.4℃, and the annual precipitation is more than 1900 mm. From November to April of the following year, the average temperature from December to February is 16℃ to 21℃, and from March to April, it gradually rises to more than 32℃. During the rainy season from May to October, the average temperature is 26℃, sometimes more than 35℃ during the day, but at night it falls below 25℃, so the temperature is quite cool at night.
Best Places to Visit in Pakse
Located 45 kilometers southwest of the city, Wat Phou is the most famous religious site in southern Laos. This temple is a Khmer style stone structure, built in 949 by the son of a Khmer king. In front of the main gate there was a building, behind which were two pools of water for royal celebrations.
Located at 67 kilometers south of the city, Phapho Village offers an elephant ride and a view of Laos' pristine forests.
►Small Islands in the Mekong River
The Mekong River divides into many rivers that surround mountains before it enters inner Cambodia, and then form more than 3,000 small islands. Lush with tropical vegetation, the island is a famous Laotian resort, with many hotels and bars with Lao characteristics, as well as many sights, including the Khon Phapheng Falls.
►Khon Phapheng Falls
Khon Phapheng is on the eastern shore of the Mekong near Ban Thakho. Located 130 kilometers south of the city, it's the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. By far, it's also the most awesome waterfall than anywhere along the Mekong River. The waterfall is split in two by the reef, with Songpani Falls on the west being the highest and completely cut off when the water is dry, and Papen Falls on the east having a drop of 18 meters when the water is dry.
Best Time to Travel to Pakse
The climate of Champasak is tropical and monsoonal, divided into two seasons, dry and rainy. From May and June until October is the rainy season, with temperatures in the 25°C-30°C range and air humidity close to 100%, these months are less comfortable to travel, and precipitation can cause inconvenience to traffic.
From November to April, the following year is the dry season with an average temperature of 15°C. The climate is cooler and less rainy, making it more suitable for travel. But April is the month with the highest average temperatures and should be avoided. The cool, dry season from November to March is the best time to travel in Pakse.