Not far from the Thai border, in southern Laos, lies Pakse, capital and most populated city of the Champasak Province. It is located at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don Rivers, and used to be a part of the grand Khmer Angkor Empire. Nowadays, Pakse preserves architectural remnants of the French colony period, and tend to be a budding tourism place. Indeed, because of its proximity with Thailand and Vietnam, Pakse is a good venue to take a break during a trip through the area. It is also the perfect place to rest and visit Champasak Province, which provides many interesting activities, the first certainly being the Wat Phou archeological site.