Pakse is the transport hub in the very south of Laos. To the south you have the 4000 Islands and Cambodia, in the east Vietnam, in the west Thailand, and to the north Savannaket with the rest of Laos. There is no big need to visit the city itself, but in the old colonial part you find a good concentration of most of the hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, bus station to Vientienne as well as the Mekong. We stopped by in the Forest hotel thanks to Agoda and found quite nice. By the way, the communist flag you find at every government building – long time no see (1989).