Thakhek, Laos


Thakhek, Laos, is one of those places I’d like to keep secret.  It has just enough tourist infrastructure is to be comfortable, and yet remain relatively free from crowds and inexpensive.  There are a handful of hotels, a sprinkling of restaurants, and as in the case with a lot of places in South East Asia, a ‘can do’, hard-working attitude that gets things done.

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Boat ride through Buddha Cave, Thakhek, Laos

What To Do

We were there for rock-climbing, which for us, is probably the best in South East Asia.  There are over 300 routes which comprise a good mix of easy, moderate and hard sport routes.  The main tourist activity is hiring a motor scooter and riding around the 500 km ‘Thakhek Loop’, to visit the various caves along the way, including the famous Xe Bangfai River cave.

Clarence Yeong on Jungle King, 7a, Thakhek, Laos

Getting There

From Bangkok, Thailand, we took a domestic flight to Nakhon Phanom, then a pre arranged van drove us across the Laos border to Thakhek.


Best time to visit is the cool and dry season from November through March.

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