Vientiane, which is the national capital, is located 150 miles (241 kilometers) west of Thakhek.
You don't have to limit yourself to the points of interest in Thakhek because the entire region has been blessed with a wealth of fascinating cultural and natural attractions.
For a look into the spiritual life of Thakhek, why not head to the region's many temples. If you're keen on soaking up some of the the local culture, go straight to Laos' craft workshops and history museums.
If you're are lucky to have good weather during your stay, discover Laos' watery side. Rafting and canoeing are just two of the well-established watersports here. Wildlife watching and bird watching are just some of the many options for relaxation in this area.
Enjoy the Laos food culture by visiting regional restaurants and cafés. Cellophane noodles (made from mung bean starch) as well as asian basil are common ingredients used in dishes here. Order some popular local dishes, including khao jee (baguettes) and laab moo (minced pork salad). Fresh fruit is the perfect way to finish any Laos meal. At the end of your meal, unwind by ordering a refreshing local fruit juice (watermelon, pineapple, sugar apple).
For many, the world is a book and those who don't spend time traveling get stuck on the same page. So book your trip and discover the delights to be found in Thakhek.