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On the western bank of the slow-flowing Mekong, some 40 kilometres south of Pakse, sits the quaint riverside town of Champasak. A modest place, Champasak is deserted compared to places such as Pakse and Don Dhet, with travellers preferring to take daytrips to nearby Wat Phu. To our minds, this makes the town even more appealing than it has ever been.

The Khmer-period ruins of Wat Phu, some 10 kilometres to the southwest of town, were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001, but aside from a large carpark, a semi-modern looking administrative centre and a museum, the fantastic ruins are largely as they've been for centuries.

Well worn and heavily weathered, this is the most important Khmer site in Laos. An attractive but rather small affair, what Wat Phu lacks in size and grandeur it more ... Read our complete Champasak travel guide

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A hotel boat on the Mekong River. Sunrise on the Mekong River. Renovating Wat Phu. Lao children. Two-wheel tractors in Champasak. Boat on the Mekong River. Thai tourists visiting Wat Phu. Workers renovating Wat Phu. Buddha Statue at Wat Phu. On the other Side Thick Brew Lonely Wanderer Across the Mekong Washday Doesn't look as if it could carry Cars and Trucks Mekong Ferry Pump it up! The ferry Village Enfenced My little green Cactus Worried about Business Riding on three Wheels Unshaved Lychees Exotic Fruits Very appetizing Finally some packaged Stuff Frogs anyone? Just yellow Chicken Jona's Whale A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Encaged and not yellow yet The 'safe' Part of the Market Mekong Fish What a weird Sight in Laos... Jailed Lettuce Waiting at the Vat Stop Lettuce Lorry Sticky Rice Bullets Heat Blur Firestarters Vat Tham Fai Stupas in a Line Hot Air and Stupas Vat Tham Fai Overgrown Ninas and Stupas Losing his Pants Lao Nagesh