Photo: Buddha by the road.

Things to see and do

Wat Phu
10km from Champasak

While there have been shrines in some form on this site since the fifth century, the current structure which forms Wat Phu was constructed by Suryavarman II (who was also responsible for the construction of Angkor Wat). The construction has been integrated into the natural landscape in a manner unlike any other Khmer structure, with a natural spring feeding water directly into the complex. The ... Read more about Wat Phu .

Um Tomo
15km south of Champasak

There's very little to see here except for a carving lined walkway, two smaller temple pavilions, one completely demolished and the other standing precariously. Nevertheless this is a peaceful site, under a forest of large trees squeezed between the Mekong and the paddy of nearby Ban Nakham Noi. Unless you're fascinated by this sort of history, you may well be disappointed by what you ... Read more about Um Tomo .

Don Daeng
Just across the river from Champasak

It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that also encompasses Wat Phu and Um Tomo, and it constitutes nothing so much as a living museum, where rural Lao life proceeds much as it must have done a century ago, save for the addition of a few motorised tractors. The locals adhere to a very traditional lifestyle, living in wooden Laotian houses on stilts, raising chickens and water buffalo, ... Read more about Don Daeng .

Champasak Spa
1km north of roundabout
T: (020) 5909 4071

This Western-managed spa is luxurious by Lao standards, with on offer a range of relaxing massages and treatments at great prices in one of the more relaxing settings in Laos. We particularly love the attention to detail with complimentary tea and snack, lockers for your valuables and a genuinely warm a friendly staff. We love this place and it deserves a look if you're feeling weary. Perhaps ... Read more about Champasak Spa .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Champasak? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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