The purpose for going to Pakse was to take a 3-day trip on the Vat Phou Mekong River Cruise through parts of Champasak Province. We flew into Pakse a day before the cruise and checked into the historic Champasak Palace Hotel. We also spent 1-night there at the completion of the cruise.
The building was originally built as the palace for the last king of Laos and is described by some as looking like the top of a wedding cake. In fact the picture we've included is actually of the central part of the 4th, 5th & top floor of the hotel. We booked one of the larger rooms on the 4th floor and while a little worn, it was full of charm and lovely furnishings. The bathroom had been recently updated and our room had large double doors opening out onto a terrace overlooking the city.
We had read some negative comments about the breakfast at the hotel but to be perfectly honest, it suited us. While service at the front desk was a little inconsistent, I would chalk that up more to a lack of communication more than a poor attitude.
All-in-all, we got the historical experience we were looking for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Feel experience once in your lifetime at the real palace of King Boun Oum" the last king of life in the southern Laos. The palace was built in 1969 and has a main 6 floors building that combines French colony and Laos style. It is elegantly located in the heart of Pakse district the capital city of Champasak province. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Champasak Palace Pakse
- Champasak Palace Hotel Pakse, Laos - Champasak Province