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Pak Beng

Pak Beng Population: ??

Province: Udomxai


How to get there: Bus, boat


Pakbeng is a rustic village, located on the Mekong River and the Nam Beng. It lies about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos.

Pakbeng is connected by a sealed road with Oudomxai along the Nam Beng river.

The town is a major stop for the boats running from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai; the slow boats which run between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang over a period of two days spend the night moored in Pakbeng.

There are several small guesthouses that usually have attached restaurants, a sauna, and many local hill tribes living close by.

Hmong and tribal Thais are frequently seen on the main street.

Groceries can be purchased for when you want to continue down the Mekong.

Pak Beng’s mostly wooden houses sit along a steep hillside.

Close to the ferry and speedboat piers is a collection of shops and cafes that get more interesting the further away from the river you go.

Pakbeng just had its main road paved in 2005, also just completed its hydroelectric station down river thanks to a World Bank loan.

Before then all facilities and houses had their own electrical generators if any electricity at all. You can expect quiet evenings there, as most places close by 10 p.m.

There is a small wat to be found in the hills not far from the village. It is a very quaint example of a Buddhist temple from the former Lanna Kingdom.

Many of the old temples had been destroyed during wars with the Thai Kingdom 300 years before.