Photo: The river slides on by.

Things to see and do

One day in Champasak

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 ... Read more about One day in Champasak .

Wat Phu
10 km from Champasak

Located 10 kilometres from Champasak, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wat Phu is one of the most impressive Khmer temples outside of Cambodia. A highlight of southern Laos, the temple complex demonstrates the dominance and religious commitment of the Khmer ... Read more about Wat Phu .

Um Tomo
15km south of Champasak

Also called Um Muang and Uo Moung, the ruins of Wat Um Tomo are found in the forest on the east side of the Mekong, were dedicated to Rudrani and during the Angkor Empire, it was one of 102 shrines built by King Yasovarman I across the Khmer kingdom. ... Read more about Um Tomo .

Don Daeng
Just across the river from Champasak

Across the Mekong river from Champasak and only accessible by boat, Don Daeng island will delight visitors with its bucolic scenery, languid pace and car-free ... Read more about Don Daeng .

Wat Muang Kang
Around 7km south of Champasak

Dating to the 19th century, Wat Muang Kang (also known as Wat Phuthavanaram) is Champasak’s oldest active temple. With a lovely position on the banks of the Mekong river, the wat possesses a stunning blend of architectural styles. The crumble and patina of age only enhances its ... Read more about Wat Muang Kang .

Ban Nong Bueng woodcarving village
Around 2km from Champasak, east side of the Mekong

Located on the east side of the Mekong, Ban Nong Bueng village is a minor but welcome diversion for those travelling by motorbike on Route 13, especially for those keen on traditional ... Read more about Ban Nong Bueng woodcarving village .

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

An excellent spa in southern Laos is such a rare find that we consider getting pampered in Champasak a must do. In Laos it’s difficult to find a spa that combines quality, ambience, cleanliness and experience at an affordable price. Set in a lovely old traditional Lao house, this French-managed spa hits all these notes. We tested the spa—it was a tough assignment but we love our readers ... Read more about Champasak Spa .

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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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