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  • Bolikhamxay & Paksan

    • Located: in the central of Laos (Central Provinces)
    • Total area: 14,863 square kilometers
    • Population: 264,513
    • 06 Districts: Pakxan, Thaphabath, Pakkading, Bolikhan, Viengthong & Khamkeuth
    • Capital of the province: Paksan

    Bolikhamxay Province, located just south of Vientiane in central Laos, is a center for ecotourism activities with its two national protected areas and extensive system of wetlands. The journey from Ban Khoun Kham to Lak Sao on Route 8 offers spectacular scenery of karst mountain landscapes and is considered to be one of the most impressive passages in the country.

    Wat Phabath, located on the road between Vientiane and Pakxan is an important pilgrimage site and sacred temple that houses a shrine containing a giant footprint of the Lord Buddha (phabath). It is believed that all travelers passing by the temple should stop and pay their respects to the spirits for a safe journey and strong health.

    Saltlick City

    Looking for wild elephants roaming free? An 80 km drive from Vientiane on Route 13 lands at Ban Na Village and its Wild Elephant Observation Tower and homestay. A short trek delivers you to the forest tower, which overlooks a saltlick and stream that attracts wild elephants in the evening. Though there is no guarantee you’ll see one, but over the years, visitors have reported spotting herds of up to 40 pachyderms including an old tusker, though groups of five to 15 are more common. You can also sign up for a trek to the Nam Hi River, Tad Luang Waterfall, or more distant 40 meter high Tad Fa.


    Wat Phabath and Wat Phonsane overlap Route 13 near Ban Na, and present two of Bolikhamxay’s most remarkable attractions. In 1993, locals discovered a 2.4 x 1.2 meter Buddha footprint, and built Wat Phabath around it. Over the decades, journeyers make merit by placing gold-leaf on the phabath (Buddha footprint), and every year in mid-January, the temple holds a festival to pay respect to the phabath. Wat Phonsane sits on sprawling green Mekong Riverside grounds, and is believed to be a sacred place where Buddha once took his meals. The temple is also known for the annual Bang Fai Phayanak Festival during October’s full moon, when the Mekong launches mysterious colored fireballs.

    Rambling Rapids

    Be among the first to explore the trail along the Yong River’s rapids and overnight at the ethnic Meui village of Ban Yang Kheua at Km 99 on Route 13 South, where the New Zealand CBT-SED project is building a lodge. From here a tractor ride delivers you to the Yong River and its endless rapids racing over a stone-slab bed. A trek follows the river, and sometimes crosses it, allowing you to inspect the perfectly round craters, and infinite small channels gushing between the rocks. The walk ends at a wide set of short falls, where you can swim in a clear pool. From here, a boat connecting to Ban Yang Kheua.

    Nam Kading Cruise

    Take a river cruise few have experienced. About 40 km south of Paksan, you’ll cross the Nam Kading Bridge and start tasting the upcoming adventure, as longboats putter along he lazy river and vanish into the mountains. A few km along, long-tails at a makeshift port sit ready to take you up the Nam Kading. The once-calm water begins rumbling as the river rushes through a rocky canyon, until the Tad Vang Fong Falls completely block the way. You can anchor at the Nam Kading Protection Center and trek to more rapids by foot. The center also offers a lodge and camping equipment for a stay one the grounds.

    Napong’s Waterfall Trek

    As Route 8 cuts through the “Karst Corridor” a large elephant-shaped out-crop, Pha Xang, appear about 15 km from the Route 13 junction. Welcome to Ban Napong, and ethnic Toum village launching Tad Thone Waterfall treks and offering homestays. The 7 km morning trek to Tad Thone kicks off with a walk through rice fields to an old-growth forest. The trail traverses streams, before the going gets rigorous, with bursts of steep in clines and precarious ravine crossings. But after about 3 hours, Tad Thone appears, shooting over two ledges before a final plunge approaching 100 meters. You can then descend to the fall’s base, and avalanche of massive boulders big enough to host a picnic.

    Paksan Hotel

    Paksan Hotel

    Paksan Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Indo-China Market and Paksan Bus Terminal. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. A 3-hr drive form Wattay Airport, the hotel is equipped with luggage storage and laundry service. Rooms are fitted with a TV, seating area and...
    Sokbounma Hotel

    Sokbounma Hotel

    Sokbounma Hotel is the perfect choice in Bolikhamxay. Set 0.1 Km from the excitement of the city, this 2-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's...