Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers,  Pakse derives its name from the Lao for 'mouth of the Se'.   Pakse is the capital of the southern province of Champasak,with a population of about 80 thousand making it the third most populous city in Laos.  Pakse is growing as a tourist destination as its ideal for visiting Wat Phu, Si Phan Don (four thousand islands), the Bolavan Plateau and Cambodia.

The city was founded by the French in 1905.  There has been rapid growth since the opening of the Lao- Japanese bridge in 2002 with a brisk trade with the neighboring cross-border province of Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand.   All of these images were taken with a Canon EOS 50D,the lens used was a EFS 15-85mm for the majority of the shots and a Sigma 30mm 1:1.4.

 

Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers,  Pakse derives its name from the Lao for 'mouth of the Se'.   Pakse is the capital of the southern province of Champasak,with a population of about 80 thousand making it the third most populous city in Laos.  Pakse is growing as a tourist destination as its ideal for visiting Wat Phu, Si Phan Don (four thousand islands), the Bolavan Plateau and Cambodia.

Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers,  Pakse derives its name from the Lao for 'mouth of the Se'.   Pakse is the capital of the southern province of Champasak,with a population of about 80 thousand making it the third most populous city in Laos.  Pakse is growing as a tourist destination as its ideal for visiting Wat Phu, Si Phan Don (four thousand islands), the Bolavan Plateau and Cambodia.

The city was founded by the French in 1905.  There has been rapid growth since the opening of the Lao- Japanese bridge in 2002 with a brisk trade with the neighboring cross-border province of Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand.   All of these images were taken with a Canon EOS 50D,the lens used was a EFS 15-85mm for the majority of the shots and a Sigma 30mm 1:1.4.

 

Pakse offers some fine examples of colonial era architecture.  The pink Franco-Chinese style Chinese society building is a good example.

 

Pakse offers some fine examples of colonial era architecture.  The pink Franco-Chinese style Chinese society building is a good example.

Pakse offers some fine examples of colonial era architecture.  The pink Franco-Chinese style Chinese society building is a good example.

Pakse offers some fine examples of colonial era architecture.  The pink Franco-Chinese style Chinese society building is a good example.

 

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao.  There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.

 

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao. There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao. There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.\

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao. There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao. There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.

In the evening I would visit the riverside restaurants and food stalls to eat and drinkbeer Lao. There was a new floating restaurant and places on the riverbank being built.

 

 

Sigma 30mm 1/500 sec at f/1.8 ISO 200

The vast Talat Dao Heung (Morning Market) is on of the largest in Laos,it is situated near to the Lao- Japanese bridge.There are many stalls surrounding a large roofed building. Inside this building I did not take many images,as some of the vendors said 'photo photo' when they saw the camera in my hand and gave me some ggressive stares, when I slid the camera behind my back they seemed to relax. I guess it must be the bear paw and endangered species images on many of the photo sharing sites on the Internet.

 

The vast Talat Dao Heung (Morning Market) is on of the largest in Laos,it is situated near to the Lao- Japanese bridge.There are many stalls surrounding a large roofed building. Inside this building I did not take many images,as some of the vendors said 'photo photo' when they saw the camera in my hand and gave me some ggressive stares, when I slid the camera behind my back they seemed to relax. I guess it must be the bear paw and endangered species images on many of the photo sharing sites on the Internet.

The vast Talat Dao Heung (Morning Market) is on of the largest in Laos,it is situated near to the Lao- Japanese bridge.There are many stalls surrounding a large roofed building. Inside this building I did not take many images,as some of the vendors said 'photo photo' when they saw the camera in my hand and gave me some ggressive stares, when I slid the camera behind my back they seemed to relax. I guess it must be the bear paw and endangered species images on many of the photo sharing sites on the Internet.

 

Thirteen kilometers from Pakse in the middle of the Mekong river lies the island of Don Kho. There are no cars,just a track leading around the island. The islanders live from farming and are known for their silk weaving, I saw a few looms underneath some of the houses. The few people that I did meet seemed very nice and friendly. These images show the main road around the island and some monks or novices washing their robes in the river.

 

Thirteen kilometers from Pakse in the middle of the Mekong river lies the island of Don Kho. There are no cars,just a track leading around the island. The islanders live from farming and are known for their silk weaving, I saw a few looms underneath some of the houses. The few people that I did meet seemed very nice and friendly. These images show the main road around the island and some monks or novices washing their robes in the river.

Thirteen kilometers from Pakse in the middle of the Mekong river lies the island of Don Kho. There are no cars,just a track leading around the island. The islanders live from farming and are known for their silk weaving, I saw a few looms underneath some of the houses. The few people that I did meet seemed very nice and friendly. These images show the main road around the island and some monks or novices washing their robes in the river.

Thirteen kilometers from Pakse in the middle of the Mekong river lies the island of Don Kho. There are no cars,just a track leading around the island. The islanders live from farming and are known for their silk weaving, I saw a few looms underneath some of the houses. The few people that I did meet seemed very nice and friendly. These images show the main road around the island and some monks or novices washing their robes in the river.

Thirteen kilometers from Pakse in the middle of the Mekong river lies the island of Don Kho. There are no cars,just a track leading around the island. The islanders live from farming and are known for their silk weaving, I saw a few looms underneath some of the houses. The few people that I did meet seemed very nice and friendly. These images show the main road around the island and some monks or novices washing their robes in the river.

 

These shots were taken from the rooftop of the Pakse Hotel at different times.   The Lao-Japanese bridge can be seen as well as the Mekong and Se Don rivers.  

 

These shots were taken from the rooftop of the Pakse Hotel at different times.   The Lao-Japanese bridge can be seen as well as the Mekong and Se Don rivers.

 Sigma 30mm 1/20 sec at f/2,8 ISO 400

 

These shots were taken from the rooftop of the Pakse Hotel at different times.   The Lao-Japanese bridge can be seen as well as the Mekong and Se Don rivers.

Sigma 30mm 1/50 sec at f/2,0 ISO 800

 

I was walking around in the evening looking for an excuse to use my Sigma lens.

 

I was walking around in the evening looking for an excuse to use my Sigma lens.

I was walking around in the evening looking for an excuse to use my Sigma lens.

I was walking around in the evening looking for an excuse to use my Sigma lens.

 

 

The last three images were taken on the Se Don river, wherever you go in Laos thereare always lots of people fishing, from sunrise until sunset.