Travel from Siem Reap to Pakse

By public minivan it takes 10 hours 30 minutes to travel 524 km from Siem Reap to Pakse in Laos. The journey includes comfort breaks, a stop in Krong Stung Treng where passengers change minivans and around 40 minutes for passengers to clear both sets of immigration to leave Cambodia and enter into Laos.

Bus Times from Siem Reap to Pakse

There is currently 1 service a day from Siem Reap to Pakse available book online.

Siem ReapPakseCostServiceCompany
08:0018:30$ 47RegionalAsia Van Transfer
  • Regional: 14 seat air-conditioned minivan.

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Most nationalities can get a visa for Laos on arrival at the border, however, many travellers report being overcharged $10 to $15 USD extra if they wait until they get to the border to procure their visa for Laos.

Siem Reap ATV Bus Stop

  • The ATV bus stop in Siem Reap is located at Hup Quang Street Central Market 579, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Pakse AVT bus stop

  • AVT minivan services from Siem Reap terminate at No.24 Road in Pakse Town.

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About Travel to Pakse

Pakse is the largest city in Southern Laos and the second largest urban area in Laos with a population of around 90,000 people. There are plenty of places to stay, eat and shop in Pakse. There are also a few place of interest to visit in Pakse. The largest temple in the city is Wat Luang, although Wat Phabad is the oldest temple, and Wat Phou Salao is worth visiting for the views over the city. The city also has a museum, the Champasak Historical Heritage Museum, which has some interesting exhibits relating to local history. However, most travellers come to Pakse with the intention of visiting better known attractions in surrounding area.

Fishing the Mekong River in Pakse
Fishing the Mekong River in Pakse

The most popular destinations around Pakse are:

  • Wat Phu: Wat Phu or Vat Phou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 43.8 km by road to the south of Pakse. Wat Phu is ruined Hindu Khmer temple dating back to the 5th Century. The temple is 1.4 km long, with visitor passing through the length of the temple to a shrine at the far end near the base of a cliff. This is a unique temple with components constructed between the 11th and 13th Centuries.
  • Si Phan Don: In English Si Phan Don means 4,000 islands. The islands are clustered in area of the Mekong river around 120 km south of Pakse, near to the border with with Cambodia. Si Phan Don is a popular destination with visitors enjoying walking, biking and swimming in the river. There are also waterfalls in this part of the Mekong river, as well as some temples and places to stay.
  • Bolaven Plateau: The Bolaven Plateau rises between 1,000 and 1,300 metres above sea level, and begins 30 km to the east of Pakse. This is a large area with a number of scenic waterfalls, small villages and farms. The best way to explore the Bolaven Plateau is to set off from Pakse on a rental motorbike with a map, a full tank of gas, and several bottles of water.

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