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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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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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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