There are non-stop flights to Pakse from Vientiane, Siem Reap and Bangkok. From there, Miss Noy Motorbike (No. 13 S Road, Pakse; 85620/2227-2278; from US$6 per day) hires out some of the best bikes in town and offers nightly informational sessions on driving the loop. Not confident on two wheels? No problem. Avis (avis.com; from US$75 per day) has a branch in Pakse, renting out cars and SUVs that can be dropped off in Vientiane as well as Pakse. Hueang Market in Pakse, is a great place to start or end a journey into the Bolaven Plateau. lejardindepakse.com; doubles from US$60.
Sabaidee Valley The best rooms at this spacious allvilla resort boast views of the mistshrouded valley just outside of Paksong. sabaideevalley.com; villas from US$51.
Tad Lo Lodge Rustic bungalows look out over Tad Hang, the small, gentle waterfalls in the center of Tad Lo. Be aware that the lodge keeps two rescued elephants on site, with which they offer rides to guests. 856-34/211889; doubles from US$50.