Pakse is one of the largest towns in Laos and a major transportation hub for southern quarters of the country. Once the capital of southern Laos you should fly into Pakse International Airport to reach the scenic Bolaven Plateau or Si Phan Don. In 2010 the airport was closed for major construction works and reopened later that year to once again receive scheduled flights from Vientiane, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.
At Pakse airport, you can obtain a tourist visa-on-arrival for 28 days. To do so submit your application form (which you can download prior to travel), your passport, two passport photos and US$20-45 depending on your nationality. US, UK and European nationals are charged US$35.00 while people from Canada are charged US$42.00. Swedes pay US$31.00 and Australians can purchase the visa for US$30.00. This must be paid in US dollars or Thai baht. The application will only take a few minutes then you should proceed through passport control before claiming your baggage and heading out into the arrivals hall.
There is a security checkpoint upon arrival at the airport. Check in desks are immediately ahead. After checking in proceed through to the passport control area, one more security checkpoint then into the departures waiting lounge.
Transport Options (how to get to your hotel)
Most of the guesthouses in Pakse are located within 3 kilometers from the airport and the main downtown area is just 2 kilometers away. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis can ferry you into town or to your accommodations for between US$1.00-3.00.
Eating & Drinking
There is only a very small kiosk located in the airport so you should eat before heading to the airport.
There is no entertainment or notable facilities at Pakse International Airport.
Shopping and duty free
It’s best to do your shopping in town or face disappointment that the airport has no retail outlets.