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Champasak

Orientation

When you're in Champasak Town facing the Mekong river, north is to your left. There's a 'roundabout' at the centre of town with a lotus-flower statue at the centre -- its purpose is decorative rather than functional, since there is only one road passing through the roundabout!

Money
There's a branch of the Lao Development Bank in a new location off a side road just south of the traffic circle. They'll cash travellers cheques for US dollars for $US 2 per note, but listen to this -- they'll cash TC's for Lao kip with no commission at attractive rates!

Internet
There's only one internet place in town, Internet Nam Ohy, (T: (031) 920 025) 150m south of the Vong Paseud Guest House. It has two very nice terminals and charges 300 kip per minute. They also serve drinks -- they squeeze out a mean glass of sugar cane juice.

Emergency
Obviously, if anything drastic happens to you while you're in Champasak, you'll want to get yourself to Pakse if at all possible. There is a small hospital off a side road 100m south of the Vong Pasued Guest House. The doctor there, Mr. Ponsai, speaks a little English and has office hours from 08:00 to 16:00 daily, or you can give him a call on his cell: (020) 562 5355.

Post
The post office is just north of the Visitors' Centre on the riverside of the main road. Open 08:00 to 15:30 daily.

Travel Information
There's a Visitor Information Centre just north of the traffic circle on the riverside -- you can check in here to arrange tours and boat trips, hours 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:30 Mon through Fri. But the staff at the Anouxsa Guesthouse are also a good bet.

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