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Southern Laos

Visit Southern Laos


Laidback market towns, dramatic plateaus, ancient temples and Mekong river life are among the attractions in the southern part of Laos.

The area is remote but accessible and offers a side of the country that is very different from the mountainous north.

Ruled over by the Khmers, part of the separate kingdom of Champasak before the arrival of the French, and a significant battleground during the Vietnam War, the region has plenty of historical sites amid its stunning natural landscapes.


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Vat Phou Cruise

Vat Phou Mekong Cruise, Laos

Luxury cruise ship

Enjoy a three-day cruise through southern Laos on the Vat Phou, a former teak wood ferry boat, now a fully restored luxurious cruising hotel. The cruise begins and ends in Pakse, located on the east of the Mekong River and close to the Thai and Cambodian borders.

Where to go in Southern Laos

4,000 Islands

The 4,000 islands area is known locally as ‘Siphandon'. Here, the Mekong swells with adjoining tributaries and fans out over 14 kilometres as it passes into Cambodia.

Wat Phou

Wat Phou's pre-Angkorian ruins form part of the most significant Khmer archaeological site in Laos.

Pakse & the Bolaven Plateau

Coffee, rubber, tea, cardamom and durian fruit are among crops grown in the rich upland soils of the Bolaven Plateau, an important agricultural area that takes its name from a local ethnic group.

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