Regions & Routes

Pakxan Stay over: A Day in Nature

Staying a day in Pakxan? Head 5 km north on the Xieng Khouang Road to Vat Dan Soung, and explore its massive rock floor, curious-looking buildings, large Buddha statues, flower gardens, religious relics, remains of an ancients stupa, and a holy pool.

Nam Xan Excursion

Start your excursion by driving north on Route 13 for about 15km to ‘Ban Xaisavang’ and the trail up Tad Heua Hak (Wrecked Boat Rapids) –a rocky chute funneling a torrent down the lush mountain landscape to the Mekong. Trek from the Tad Nam Pa waterfalls and rapids along the powerful rock-lined flume racing down the hill. Back on Route 4B, continue north into Bolikhan District, and just after the road veers from the Nam Xan, stop to climb Pha Tak Daet Mountain, a massive rocky outcrop with valley views.

As Route 4B winds back towards the Nam Xan River, a majestic limestone outcrop shoots skyward. A bit further north, the Pha Singh Cave (Lion Cave) opens behind a stone stump with clearly visible “claw marks”. From Pha Singh you can continue 50km to Phonsavanh.


Across the highway, Wat Tha Phonsane sits on the knoll of sprawling green Mekong Riverside grounds. The temple is known as the Lao vantage point for the annual Bang Fai Phayanak Festival during October’s full moon, well coloured balls pop from the Mekong’s surface –flying 10 to 15m up into the air. Legend holds that the naga serpent king, Phayanak, fires a salute to Buddha at the end of Buddhist Lent.

The Road South

Ban Nong Boua inside the Phou Kout Provincial Protected Area. From here, climb a steep forested trail with streams tricking from rock overhangs to sacred ‘Tham Kaep’ Cave and views from the escarpment above it.


Make your way up the ‘Nong Sa Man’ Rocks. A limestone, tree-lined trail runs along a stream carving through rocks and tumbling over boulders to the top of the Nong Sa Man cliff and a view of the lush green plains.

Tad Vang Fong Falls

A port a few kilometres past the Nam Kading Bridge on Route 13 offers boats to take you upriver. The once-calm waters get rough 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 Centre and continue to more rapids and falls by foot. The centre offers accommodation its lodge or camping equipment for a stay on the grounds.

Hotels & restaurants

Xokbounma Hotel, Tel: +856-54-790995.
Many Xokxay Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55552333.
Paksane Hotel, Tel: +856-20-91333444.
Vilaisack Hotel, Tel: +856-54-212215.
Xaysavang Hotel, Tel: +856-54-791333.
Seng Houng Heung Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22803399.
Phonethip Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22338973.
Phouthavong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341186.
Souliya Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55203237.
Viengthong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341111.
Xaithong Hotel, Tel: +856-20-77790733.
Xaiyo Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341074.

Bounxou Restaurant, Tel: +856-54-680046.
Onlyone Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22335246.
Saikhong Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22102555.
Thongsalom Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55953063.
Khoukhanna Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55853952.
Pa phai Entertainment, Tel: +856-20-55753000.
Thepphachan Entertainment, Tel: +856-54-212303.
Xaep E Lee Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55652213.