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