"in Thakhek" Khoueng Khammouan by picek

Khoueng Khammouan Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 58 photos

Thakhek is relaxed town by the Mekong river. It's not yet the most crowded with visitors but I bet it will change soon. But for now you can still enjoy the privilege of paying high prices for rent-a-bike service, some corruption, and so-so accomodation.

Food in Thankhek: it's delicious. When did you last time eat large meal with a fish, full of lemon grass hanging from its mouth and salted around and around - with sticky rice and chilli sauce? If you're reading this page before you go there, that's a thing you must try... preferably from a market by Mekong or market by Buddha cave. If you've already been there and didn't try you don't know what you've missed.

Local snack to try is Khao nom pad - it's sticky, black and sweet.

Scenery near Thakhek, the provincial capital .... give yourself a stop in that wonderful place. It's nicer than you think :)

The best way to get around is to hire your own motorbike and you'll be having great time exploring the landscape, village life and stupas.

And this is in Thakhek - remaining colonial houses. Some people like them. In fact, they're quite many but some are in very bad shape. I think Thakek looks similar to Kampot in Cambodia.... the way the city was designed by French.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:landscape, caves, ancient stupas, good fish
  • Cons:it's very hot place
  • Last visit to Khoueng Khammouan: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2010
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Hello, Vesna! I see you had a great stay there! Good for you!)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    You've got here very interesting tips and lovely photos. The caves look really spectacular. If ever I go to Laos again ( I hope I will) I must visit Thakhek.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Fine photos in your tips and travelogues! This looks like a really interesting place to spend some time, with the Buddha cave and all the animals and of course the Mekong River and the mountains.

  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Sikhottabong stupa looks grt.the fish looks yummy and i would love to visit that cave.

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