Pakse town is located at the confluence
of the Mekong and Xedone rivers. It is the gateway for trips to the
former royal capital of Champasak. Pakse is synonymous with Wat Phou
like Siem Reap for Angkor in Cambodia. Wat Phou was also built by the
founder of the first Khmer Empire, Jayavarman II, who built the Angkor.
It is somewhat smaller than Angkor, but about 30 years older and was
once the Khmer capital. Wat Phou can be divided into two parts, the
lower and the upper parts joined by the stairway. The upper section
features various forms of the deities Vishnu, Shiva, as well as Kali,
the Hindu god of time and death. Wat Phou is certainly one of the cultural
highlights of Laos and South East Asia.
Excursions from Pakse to Boloven
Plateau pass some ethnics villages nearby, as well as the Mekong Islands:
the Cambodia border area where embraces about 4000 islands during dry
season and about half of that during the rainy season. This unique landscape
forms one of the most impressive parts of this region. Another one of
the highlights is South-East Asia's largest waterfall Khong Phapeng.
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