Pakse is Laos third biggest city (population: 120,000 in 2010), deep in the south of the country. It's a young place, founded in 1905 by the French colonial administration.
The house of the Chinese association in Pakse. It's one of the few old buildings, and, as almost all of them, completely restorated. Image by Asienreisender, 2013
In these days it's undergoing a thorough transformation. Pakse get's a facelifting so deep that travellers who know the place from a few years ago barely would recognice anything anymore. Everything is new here, few old buildings are left, and great parts of the city including some main roads are under construction. Therefore it's noisy, dirty, busy, faceless, unfriendly, hot and after all just another place better to be avoided.
By the way: Pakse is the provincial capital of Champasak Province. In difference to other places, where the provinces are normally called after the name of the provincial capital, here the province is called after the much older, but nowadays politically and economically meaningless place Champasak.
There are no touristic sights in Pakse.
Pakse, under construction. Here the main road at the east end of the Japanese Bridge. Image by Asienreisender, 2013