Thakhek is a former trading port city in central Laos, situated on Mekong river and bordering Thailand. Town as many other towns inside the country is marked with French colonial architecture from early 20th century. Wandering around town square reveals many crumbling French villas surrounded by overgrown gardens. In south of the city stands one of the holiest pilgrimage sites around whole country – Wat Pha That Sikhottabong. And in the north a massive Kampaeng Yark sandstone wall which most likely was built as a defensive structure. Still majority of the travelers who arrive here are determined to do the famous Thakhek loop!
Even though city is not a major tourist attraction itself, most of the visitors are drawn to it due to this exact reason and trapped-in-time atmosphere. On the other hand, city acts as a perfect base of operations while visiting the nearby Mahaxai Caves, karst formations, nature sanctuaries or preparing for the Thakhek loop. Thakhek loop is one of the major attractions in central Laos. Renting a motorbike and going on a trip, wandering around in caves, visiting lagoons, glowing rice fields and karst formations is amazing way to experience central Laos.
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