Though the labelling certainly could be better, this is a museum worth visiting. Highlights include ancient Dong Son bronze drums, unusual stone carvings unearthed up on the Bolaven Plateau in Bachieng District, stelae in Tham script dating from the 15th to 18th centuries, Khmer stone carvings, musical instruments, and some American unexploded ordnance (UXO).
On the western side of the Mekong River, at one end of the Lao-Nippon Bridge (also: Pakse Bridge or Japanese Bridge) is a mountain. Below the summit is a new temple place and a huge Buddha statue (still under construction, one more bigger building site) is overseeing Pakse.
Si Phan Don is most easily reached from Pakse, located about 145 kilometers North. The first leg of the trip involves getting from Pakse to Ban Nakasang village, a small town on the Mekong river a little off Route 13, just North of Don Det which serves as the main port for the area.