Welcome to Pak Lai
The bustling Mekong river port of Pak Lai (ປາກລາຍ) is an almost unavoidable stop on the offbeat route between Sainyabuli and Loei in Thailand. The town follows a 5km curl of Rte 4, paralleled a block further east by a shorter riverside road that's sparsely dotted with historic structures in both Lao and French-colonial style. Exploring north to south, start at Wat Sisavang. Within the next 500m you'll pass the main guesthouses and river port before crossing a little old wooden bridge into an attractive village-like area of local homes beyond a small market.