Southern Laos is where the Mekong slams into powerful waterfalls and where pre-Angkor temples soar above the low lying plains. With sleepy Pakse as its hub, the region is peaceful, laid back and entirely unique. The rare Irrawaddy dolphins can be found in a quiet eddy not far from the Cambodian border, and high grade coffee can be purchased from the elevated plantations of the Bolaven plateau.
The River Resort
Champasak, Southern Laos, Laos
With 28 rooms ensconced in tropical gardens and lush paddy fields, and views out to the Mekong river, The River Resort is easily southern Laos' most impressive hotel. It's an ideal base for exploring the 4000 islands and UNESCO protected Vat Phou.