Discover Journey to the south of Laos - Vientiane
When visiting another country, there is no better way to explore its right heritage, culture, and landscapes than plotting out a journey. By doing so, travelers are enabled to visit whatever destination they please, in their own pace and time. Allowing themselves to plot out their next adventure is not only exhilarating, but can also generate spontaneous events that can create great memories. However, the most difficult part of doing this is choosing the sites. That is why we, at Trip Guru, would like to suggest that travelers should traverse the landscapes surrounding the city of Vientiane – if ever they find themselves in Laos.
Vientiane is the capital of the country, and although there are various structures and establishments you can visit, you need to be in the city of Pakse to begin your journey. Found in the southern province of Champsak, Pakse is your gateway into some of Laos’ most treasured destinations. Here, you can visit the city’s shopping plaza and market, walk along its river front; but if you wish to see more of Pakse, head down to the Bolaven Plateau, Tad Fane Waterfall, and Si Phan Don.
The Bolaven Plateau is the place to be if you wish to treat yourself with a gorgeous view of lush Lao vegetation and immerse yourself with the ethnic villages settled near the river. It is also the perfect starting point to trek to Pakse’s most marvelous body of water, the Tad Fane Waterfall. For the most part, swimming is rarely allowed – because of the distance, but if you are up for the challenge, you can book a half-day hike for $5 with guided supervision. Lastly, you can end your journey by visiting Si Phan Don, an archipelagic beauty located along the Mekong River. You can get a chance to spot freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins, or visit the remains of the country’s first railway, the Don Det – Don Khon Narrow gauge.
To get to Pakse from Vientiane, you can take a sleeper bus from the main city that heads straight to Pakse. It will cost around 165,000 LAK and the travel time will take you around 12-hours, so be prepared for the long journey and pack your essentials.