Pakbeng

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Main street, Pak Beng

Pak Beng (Lao: ປາກແບ່ງ) is a small village in Laos, on the Mekong River about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos. Pak Beng is connected by a sealed road with Oudomxai along the Nam Beng River.

Geography[edit]

Pak Beng had its main road paved in 2005 and also just completed a hydroelectric station downriver thanks to a World Bank loan. Before then, the town was dependent on electrical generators for electricity.

There is a small wat to be found in the hills not far from the village. It is an example of a Buddhist temple from the former Lanna Kingdom. Many of the old temples had been destroyed during wars with the Thai Kingdom 300 years before.

History[edit]

During the Laotian Civil War, Pak Beng was the southern terminus of the freshly constructed Route 46 from Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China.[1]:319

Tourism[edit]

The town is the overnight stop for boats running between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. The slow boats which run between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang over a period of two days spend the night moored in Pak Beng.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conboy, Kenneth; Morrison, James (1995). Shadow War: The CIA's Secret War in Laos. Paladin Press. ISBN 978-1-58160-535-8. 

External links[edit]

  • Pakbeng travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 19°51′0″N 101°33′0″E / 19.85000°N 101.55000°E / 19.85000; 101.55000