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One day in Champasak

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The majority of travellers only spend a day in Champasak and while rushing through is completely out of sync with this somnambulant town, here is how to pack it into one day by motorbike.

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Wat Phu is Champasak’s main draw and we suggest tackling it first thing to beat both the heat and the crowds. Allow for around two hours to cover it. Keep in mind that the site opens at 06:00 while the museum, shops and services open at 08:00.

Wat Phu is a must see. Photo taken in or around One day in Champasak, Champasak, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Wat Phu is a must see. Photo: Cindy Fan

Ride east back to the Mekong. If making good time, squeeze in a trip to Wat Muang Kang. The signposted turn off is just before where the road swings left and heads north towards town. Follow the dirt road two kilometres to find Champasak’s oldest active temple. The photogenic wat has a fascinating blend of architectural styles and a lovely position on the banks of the river.

Back on the the main road, the road swings left and north towards town and there’s an almost impossible to find secondary pier. We’ll do our best to describe the location: as the road curves, you’ll pass the entrance to Wat Louang Kao, cross a bridge and then a few metres on the right hand side, just before a concrete building with an orange metal roof is a dirt drive leading past a shop to a parking area/junk yard. At the rear is a dirt trail down to a small boat landing. Ask the people for a boat (heua) to Don Daeng and they’ll call someone (this could take 15-20 minutes of waiting). It’s 20,000-25,000 kip for you and your motorbike, depositing you on the southwestern end of ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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