Pakbeng is a village in northern Laos located along the Mekong. It is the stop for all slow boats travelling between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, and is mainly a transit place for most visitors. The one main road is filled with guesthouses, shops and restaurants. Following up the road you even find an ATM. The scenery around the village is actually nice, especially the view from the river. Otherwise I am not sure there is anything that would make me stay more than a night there for the boat trip. However, in the morning I saw several tourists on the other side of the Mekong with some elephants. But before boking any elephant tours please consider the treatment of elephants in captivity.
Arrival / Departure
All boats arrive at the little pier of Pakbeng – be careful you might get wet feet. You can then walk up the guesthouses.