Getting to Champasak

Getting to Champasak You’ll find plenty of ways to reach this growing Southern Lao travel hub. Lao Skyway offers direct daily flights departing from Vientiane at 14:50 and arriving at 16:20 Lao Airlines offers 14 direct weekly flights to Pakse International Airport departing Vientiane at 07:10, 7:50, 8:10, and 10:30, depending on the day, for … Read more

Travel Guide to Champasak

Champasak Town presents the gateway to the area’s Heritage Landscape, while Don Khong and Don Khone/Don Det open the door to the 4,000 Islands. Those heading to the Bolaven Plateau often stay in Paksong. For independent travelers, plenty of transportation options take you to popular destinations, where you’ll find a variety of accommodation and dining … Read more

Champasak Waterfalls

  Khone Phapheng Waterfalls Stand in awe at Khone Phapheng, Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall by volume, dumping millions of litres of the Mekong every minute over a river-wide mass of boulders. Khone Phapheng forms a curved fault line, pushing the water with incredible power into an explosive cloud. It then settles into the calm waters … Read more

Champasak Ethnic Diversity

  The 9th-13th-century Khmer Empire spawned today’s Lavene, who mostly live in the Bolaven Plateau. They practice modern agriculture, and cultivate rice, maize, peppers, yams, vegetables, cardamom, and cinnamon. The Lavene excel in woodworking, but do not weave. They reside in thatch and wooden/bamboo stilt houses, and each has its own vegetable-and-herb garden. The Lavene … Read more

Getting around Champasak

Public busses take you to district centres from Pakse’s two bus stations 2-3-times a day. A 07:30 bus departs the Dao Heung Market for Champasak Town at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00 for LAK20,000. Busses for Don Khong and Don Khone leave from the Southern Bus Station at around 09:00 and 15:30 for LAK50,000-55,000 and to … Read more

Champasak’s History

  According to several historians, Champasak Province was part of the Funan and then Chenla Kingdoms from the 1st to 9th centuries. The oldest historical reference related to the “Ancient City” is found in a Sanskrit stele dating to the second half of the 5th century. Archaeological research has led to the Ancient City being identified as Shrestapura. Shrestapura … Read more

Champasak Accommodation

  With more than 200 establishments to choose from, you can stay in a star-rated hotel in Pakse, find a quiet guesthouse near Vat Phou, or treat yourself to a riverside resort on the Mekong’s 4,000 Islands. Those venturing to the Bolaven Plateau will find eco-lodging blending with nature, and “guesthouse” takes on new meaning, … Read more

Things to Do in Champasak

  Take in the religious shrines and handicraft villages Around Pakse Town, and investigate the Champasak Heritage Landscape starring Vat Phou. Explore the remnants of French colonial France’s stronghold in The 4,000 Islands, and discover nature in The Bolaven Plateau & Xe Pian.   Around Pakse Town Start your stay Around Pakse Town with a tour … Read more

Champasak’s Top Attractions

  Much of the province’s past can be seen along the Mekong at Vat Phou and throughout the 4,000 Islands, where the local’s riverside lifestyle shines. You’ll find plenty of natural attractions on the Mekong, but a trip to the Bolaven Plateau unveils waterfalls, forest treks, a forest canopy experience…and the highland’s famous coffee. Heritage … Read more

Champasak’s Heritage Sites

Look no further than the pre-Angkor, 5th-century Khmer capital of Shrestapura starring the Vat Phou UNESCO World Heritage site. Investigate ancient temples, reservoirs, rock quarries, irrigation systems, settlements, and the ancient road to Angkor Wat. Fast forward to 1900 and colonial France’s attempt to conquer the Mekong. See the innovative infrastructure used to sidestep the … Read more