Top 8 attractions to explore in Champasak Province
Champasak is a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. Its cultural heritage includes ancient temple ruins and French colonial architecture. Champasak features 20 temples, such as Wat Phou, Wat Luang, and Wat Tham Fai, Freshwater dolphins, and waterfalls.
The Bolaven Plateau is one of the little-known highlights of southern Laos. It’s a region filled with tribal villages, traditional coffee farms, and some of Laos’ most spectacular waterfalls. The beauty of this place is so interesting and also the climate and the views from here are a treat for your eyes. The plateau's elevation ranges approximately from 1,000 to 1,350 metres above sea level. The plateau is crossed by several rivers and has many scenic waterfalls.
Champasak Palace, in Pakse, Laos, was intended to be a residence of the Prince of Champasak, Chao Boun Oum. However, he had to abandon it in 1974 before it was finished, as the Royal Lao government was overthrown by the communist Pathet Lao. After the revolution, the building was completed and served as a venue for the communist party congresses and accommodation for visiting dignitaries. The palace was converted into a hotel in 1995.
Don Det is an island in the Mekong River in the Si Phan Don archipelago in Champasak Province of southern Laos. Don Det features a tropical wet and dry climate. The Khone Phapheng Falls, a succession of impassable rapids that gave rise to the construction of the railway, are among the main features accessible from Don Det. Freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins, an endangered species, can be viewed by boat.
The Khone falls, a series of cascading waterfalls in the Mekong river is one of Laos’ most beautiful natural attractions. The impressive falls in Champasak province near the Cambodian border are the largest in volume in South East Asia. A lot of tourists visits this place every year and it is one of the iconic place in Laos.
Phou Xieng Thong National Protected Area is a national protected area in Salavan and Champasak provinces of southern Laos. This park, the country's only park on the Mekong river, is home to a wide variety of animal and plant species, some endangered. The park is an ecotourism destination. This park has a large variety of flora and fauna and is also a center for a large variety of wildlife.
Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands) is an archipelago in the Mekong River containing a large number of islands of varying shapes and sizes, some of which are often submerged during the monsoon season. The southern islands of Don Dhet and Don Khong are the most visited, while the rest are uninhabited due to their minute size.
Wat Phou or Vat Phu, which translates to “mountain temple” was built during the late 10th to early 11th century, which makes it older than Angkor’s best known monument, the Angkor Wat, which was built during the first half of the 12th century. Over the following centuries structures were added to the temple until the 14th century when the Angkor empire went into decline.
Map of attractions in Champasak Province