It is also possible to go to Champasak by boat from Pakse, either as a group, or by private boat or by a multi-day cruise. Whatever your preference, it will be a unique experience on the mystical Mekong river. The cruise will plunge you back in time to when the long-tailed boat was the preferred means of transport for the local people. Indeed, it was the main means of transport, before the construction of roads, to reach the various villages and places in the region, such as the 4,000 islands near to Champasak. Even now, one of the biggest annual festivals in Laos, the Boun Song Huea (or the “Boat Festival”) is organized in October, at the end of the rainy season. Thousands of Lao gather in towns and villages to watch boat races on the Mekong and its many confluences.