Champasak is in Southern Laos.
Set in stunning natural surroundings, Vat Phou, the ancient Khmer temple complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the main attraction in the area, but there is much more to be discovered. It is worth staying in the charming town of Champasak where you can discover French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, or simply enjoy an evening in the Shadow Puppet Theatre. You could also take a relaxing massage at the spa or take a boat to the Mekong island of Don Daeng to relax in its tranquil environment and discover local village life on a bicycle.
From Pakse you can take a local bus (Songthaews) leaving from Daoheuang Market in the morning approximately 10am. The cost is 20,000 kip. You can also take a bus or minivan that heads to/comes from the Four Thousand Islands and get off at Ban Muang. Take a ferry across the Mekong to Ban Phaphin, a few hundred metres north of the centre of Champasak. You can also rent a motorbike, a car and a driver, organise a tuk tuk, join a tour, or organise a boat from Pakse to Champasak.
Bicycling around town is one of the more popular ways of exploring. You can take a morning bike ride up to see Vat Phou Temple. A one-way trip is around 10 kilometers from town. It's flat terrain all the way to the Vat Phou Temple entrance so you can enjoy the view along the way.
Check out other bicycling maps for exploring around Champasak Town.
Champasak spa, ☎ 02056499739. 10am to 7pm. Clean place. Really good service. Professionnal. Nice view on the mekong. Differents types of massage (herbal - 95 000kip/1h, oil, feet massage, hair treatment). You can relax and take a tea in the garden
Champasak with love. Sleep : This place is a restaurant, but now they offer room. (Open spring 2014) 45 000 kip for fan room. 85 000 kip for A/C room. Bicycle rental for 15 000kip. Bathrooms are really clean and rooms too. (Nice) music playing all day. Nice terrasse on the Mekong. The staff doesn't really speak english but they make efforts to be the most helpful possible
Champasak Wine Bar A pairing of Champasak style dishes and western wines. Relax in the cozy garden seating area. The food and environment is laid back and unpretentious. 20,000 kip per dish.