Cycling around to the city's few sites can make for a pleasant few hours. SL Travel and Miss Noy hire bikes (15,000K to 20,000K).

Car & Motorcycle

Several shops and guesthouses in the tourist belt along Rte 13 rent motorbikes from 50,000K per day for 100cc bikes, rising to 100,000K for an automatic Honda Scoopy. Safe bets are Miss Noy, which has a nightly planning meeting for those heading to the Bolaven Plateau, and Pakse Travel.

Talk to any travel agency or hotel about hiring a car with driver, which should cost about US$100 (plus fuel) depending on where you want to go. Avis rents out pickups and SUVs with or without drivers and can provide paperwork to allow the cars to go to Thailand and Vietnam (but not Cambodia).

Local Transport

Local transport in Pakse is expensive by regional standards. Figure on about 10,000K for a short săhm-lór (three-wheels) trip (including between Talat Dao Heuang and the city centre) if you're one person – more if you're in a group or use a tuk-tuk. A ride to the Northern or Southern Bus Terminal costs 15,000K per person shared and 50,000K for a whole tuk-tuk.