"Pak Beng: Rats, Opium and simplicity" Top 5 Page for this destination Ban Pak Beng by Maximilian21

Ban Pak Beng Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 119 photos

Pak Beng

I guess at times i can be a bit of an idealist. I have this vision of myself living in simplicity away from prevalecy of the pervasive nature of the American Dream.
Perhaps Pak Beng was my first taste of what my attitude of escapism might bring.
Its basically a small village on the banks of the Mekong River and is the place for overnight stay on a slow boat to Luang Prabang.
Probably the only thing which can be said about Pak Beng is that it is "very Laos". It is a place which time has almost left behind and its people dot seem to mind so much. Its amazing to see a place where its inhabitants lives revole around the river and its a humbling thing to see.
Although i was only there for a short time, i gained at least a small insight into what it was like to live in such simplicity, reminded me of a nick cave song.
Pak Beng is probably not everyones cup of tea. The infrastructure is poor and the guest houses leave a lot to be desired. There also a slight drug problem they have here and i remeber being approached by a 10 year old concerning Opium.
But hey, Pak Beng probabaly provides for u a tatse of rural Loatian life as good as any.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Simplicity, friendly people
  • Cons:depends on whetehr you enjoy comfort
  • In a nutshell:If u love the simple life you will love this place
  • Last visit to Ban Pak Beng: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Great tips, photos, and commentary about your trip to Ban Pak Beng in Laos. I especially like the tip of the family that invited you to drink whiskey with them. Cheers!

  • juliewong's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Nice name for your Laotian VT page. Great tips.

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 7:50 AM

    Opium and rats what a combination.............

  • Nebbs's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2005 at 10:21 PM

    The rivers and the forestly around creates the fear of water beasts and wild attacks sort of! assure you i won't be there alone.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2005 at 4:52 AM

    Good start... I would love to go to Laos sometime.


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