Champassak Province

Champassak province is one of the great cultural, political and economic centers of southern Laos

This small town of 38,000 inhabitants which is home to some colonial houses witnessed a glorious past during the French protectorate. This has become known as the starting point for a visit to Wat Phu.

Tourist attractions

Siphandon & Irrrawawddy Dolphins

Literally “4000 Islands”, this is the widest part of the Mekong from Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. This region is about 50km from the Cambodian border. In rainy season, the Mekong is up to 16km wide; in dry season, the river down leads to the formation of hundreds or thousands of islands hence the name of the region. This area of extraordinary beauty is known for its fine food-especially fish dishes-distinct temple architecture and warm hospitality. On Don Det and Don Khon, remnants of an early 20th century railway and steamship port can be visited. At the Lao-Cambodia border local boats can be hired to observe the endangered freshwater dolphins that inhabit this section of the Mekong.

Bolaven Plateau

Rising over 1.500m above sea level. The rich volcanic soils and cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau produce some of he finest Arabica coffees in the world. The town of Pakxong is a base for day trips to the region's coffee and tea plantations, as well as the spectacular Xe Katamtok Waterfall. On the way to Pakxong stoop at the Tad Fane Fall and Resort at km 38 for breathtaking views of the Tad Fane Waterfall located on the edge of Dong Houa Sao NBCA.

Xe Pian NBCA

The 2.400 sq km Xe Pian National Biodiversity Conservation Area is one of the most biologically important and diverse protected areas in the country. Home to 51 key species of birds including the Giant Ibis and Sarus Crane, as well as 36 species of mammals, Xe Pian is one of the province's premier ecotourism destinations. Kiet Ngong Village is the jump off point for nature walks, bird watching, trekking, elephant rides and day trips to the Phou Asa archaeological site.

Mekong Falls-Li Phi & Khone Phapheng 

By volume the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, thundering Khone Phapheng is one of the most inspiring and popular attractions in the province. Among the waterfall's many channels and rocky outcrops visitors can see local people using traditional fishing techniques. Li Phi, just north of Khone Phapheng, is another amazing natural site that is best seen during the months of December-March when the cascade's clear waters are tinted emerald green. Food and beverage facilities are available at both sites.

Wat Muang Kang (8km south of the city)

Also called Wat Phuthawanaram, it is the oldest temple in the city. It contains a tripitaka library, combination of colonial architecture and Lao Buddhist.

Wat Phu (8km from Champassak)

Former royal palace of the pre-Angkor period, contiguous to the eastern face of Mount Kao approximately 45km from Pakse. Wat Phu, or mountain temple, is one of the country’s gems. Wat Phu is part of an extensive restoration program begun by Enesco and was recently declared a World Heritage Site. A big party is held every year during the third full moon of the lunar calendar (February) including religious processions, dances and elephant races.

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