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Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative outpost Pakse is situated at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Se Don River. The capital of Champasak Province, the town has grown quickly since the Lao-Japanese Bridge across the Mekong was opened facilitating trade with Thailand. Its position on the way to Champasak and Wat Phou and the Bolaven Plateau make it a hub for the region. .
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Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative outpost Pakse is situated at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Se Don  River. The capital of Champasak Province, the town has grown quickly since the Lao-Japanese Bridge across the Mekong was opened facilitating trade with Thailand. Its position on the way to Champasak and Wat Phou and the Bolaven Plateau make it a hub for the region. .