- Encounters with locals
- Archaeological Site
- Unesco World Heritage
Some think Champasak's a little piece of heaven. It's true that the town is authentic and you get a feel for local life. Typically Laotian, so to speak. Having said that, it's great to string up a hammock and laze around, but I found myself getting bored. Other than taking the time to unwind, the only local attraction is the archaeological site of Vat Phu. And be warned that is may not meet your expectations. Even if it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it may disappoint you, particularly if you've toured Cambodia. You may find it dull in comparison; I, for one, don't have any special memories of Champasak.
A site worth seeing in Laos if you're interested in ancient history and enjoy learning. If not, continue on to 4,000 Islands - you won't be let down.
The town of Champassak is not at all touristy. There were probably no more than half a dozen tourists spending the night. It meant we got great service as most people just pass through.
One thing you'll realise during your holiday in Laos is that to have a great time you need to slow down and go with the flow. This perfectly sums up Champassak.
You can sit down to a tasty Laotian meal by the River Mekong...it's a real holiday treat. I recommend you stop here, in a place that's off the beaten track. It was a pleasant and tranquil retreat.
Champasak is a pretty, little, peaceful village. The lack of visitors is surprising as it sits beside the Mekong, has a very small population and is only 8 kilometres from Wat Phu. It's an incredible place. It seems most tourists prefer the buzz of Vang Vieng. Which is to the benefit of visitors who choose to come here during a trip to Laos. It's so beautiful that it's been classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before hopping on a bike to tour Wat Phu, here are some places I suggest you visit in the village itself. Spending half a day touring the wonderful colonial houses alongside the Wat Phra Ong None and Wat That temples is well worth the while.