Meet Pak Lay on The Mekong
Pak Lay once served as a major Mekong River port due to its proximity to Thailand and Vientiane. Today, it mostly handles vehicle and passenger ferry traffic for the north-south road network. It also presents a port for commercial vessels carrying rice and goods. Its role as a cruise port is now limited to luxury lines, which anchor offshore for the evening.
Though not easily accessed by boat, the town features French colonial architecture and ancient temples. Natural attractions such as caves and waterfall treks are further inland.