Phu Salao, Golden Buddha, Pakse

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Perched high on Salao Hill, the impressive Phu Salao, Golden Buddha surveys the panoramic landscape of the region. Part of Phu Salao Buddhist temple complex, the summit can be reached by ascending a multitude of steep steps (note that these are poorly maintained) for the more athletic travelers, or by a road that winds around the hill to the site. Look out for other small golden Buddha statues, neatly arranged nearby. Consider heading up to watch the sunset over Pakse from this spot, and be sure to bring your camera along. Plan trip to Pakse with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Definitely go and see. We drove up but many locals walked, jogged. The view is stunning and we were above some clouds. The panorama of Pakse is beautiful. Well worth a trip to see the amazing Buddha.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    always we meet buddha statues we just we wish our self get a good safey-happy trips all the time because we trust on buddha advisor , but budhha status on this place was very nice and good fresh air t...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Don't miss to see a beautiful, stunning, dazzling sunset. The view is breathtaking. We went there by taxi but lots of Laotians go walk to the sports
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  • May 1, 2017
    This peak with its large golden Buddha statue at its apex is a great place for a panoramic view back across the Mekong to Pakse, and beyond. The peak can be seen easily from Pakse Township and a visitation will entail crossing the bridge to the western bank of the river. If you are planning to go up there to catch the sunset, you are well advised to take a flashlight because the descent may end up being done in the dark. Such is the distance from the carpark to the top. The lower section of the trail to the top has well-constructed cement steps but this eventually gives way to rickety wooden stairs which needed to be negotiated with care. The hike up is further than it looks. Therefore a reasonable level of fitness is advised as well as enough time to get up and back before darkness falls. The Buddha statue at the top is large and impressive and is part of a temple complex. Whilst there, the temple monks will probably come in small groups to pay their respects to the statue.
  • July 13, 2017
    Great view for see Pakse
  • December 14, 2016
    Peaceful place with a very very big Buddha, and an amazing view on Pakse
  • June 6, 2016
    Great views from here! So many flights of stairs, be ready for a workout.
  • May 20, 2016
    The most beautyful place,can see view of Pakse from this area

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A popular stop before exploring southern Laos, Pakse provides a small but ample selection of accommodation options, ranging from affordable guesthouses to former palaces-turned-upscale hotels. Look between the French bridge and central roundabout for places to stay in Pakse, as the majority of hotels from mid-range to budget are concentrated around this central strip and are within walking distance. The city's premier accommodation lies on the banks of the Mekong River, boasting outdoor pools and glittering views across the water.
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