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Southern Laos : Champasak
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Champasak is a province of Southern Laos. It's best known for a series of Khmer ruins, collectively named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the Champasak Cultural Landscape.




Get in

Pakse is the transport hub of the region, with an airport, bus service and limited boat access off the Mekong. For Champasak and the South, there are more expensive minivans (110,000 kip return to Si Pan Don) from a couple of travel companies ('Pakse Travel' and 'Explore Asia') in Pakse town centre (nearly always packed with bleach blond 20 somethings, don't expect any leg room). From Pakse southern bus station, took songthaew (starting 9am until 11 am; could be very crowded, 20,000 Kip) to Champasak (~2h) or Than bhan khop (2h15), near crossing to Wat Phu. In the latter case, you have about 30min walk to Wat Phu entrance.

  • Motorbike - rent a motorbike in Pakse and ride it here. Get help riding your motorbike on and off the ferry if you are not comfortable, as it can be tricky. Also, you can ride up the road to Wat Phu and stop and taste the various foods the street vendors sell (little to no English spoken).

Get around

Most places in Champasak, including Wat Phou, can be visited as day trips from Pakse.


  • Wat Phu (Vat Phou). A c. 12th century Hindu temple built in the days of the Khmer Empire in the style of Angkor. The temple is still in use as a Buddhist site. The park is only open during certain hours (such as 9am to 4:30 pm.). 30,000 Kip for temple and museum and 15,000 for golf car (the entrance gate is far from the temple about 800 metres).
  • Khone waterfalls on the border with Cambodia.
Wat Phu ruins, 2008



  • Restaurants - at hotels
  • Street vendors - along the road to Wat Phu


  • Sleep.

Stay safe

Get out

It seems bus Champasak - Pakse are only available in morning 7am-8am 20,000 Kip, else you need to hitchhike/take taxi.

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