There are many things to see and do around Pakse, here's our pick for one day in the Champasak province, south of Pakse.
- Visit of Vat Phu Champasak: the children loved the ascension to the temple. It's splendid and quiet at the same time. A wonderful site that made us feel like great explorers. Try to discover the elephant, the crocodile and Buddha's foot carved in stones.
- (Ferry crossing from Champasak: it would have been nice to float on the bamboo raft but we didn't do it. The fare price was much higher than the cost of driving back to Pakse and crossing over the bridge. We chose the cheap option over the exciting one.)
- Elephant ride in Ban Kniet Nong: my son was waiting for it since we arrived in Asia. We did our Elephant ride in the village of Kniet Nong, some 60 kilometres south of Pakse. It was an excellent choice: the ride takes approximately 1,5 hour and brings visitors to the wonderful site of Phu Asa with beautiful views on the surrounding hills, swamps and forest. Book your tour slightly in advance, as villagers need time to prepare the elephants.