Laos – Getting to know Champasak

This sleepy riverside town is located within easy walking distance of Wat Phou and several other archaeological sites that are slowly being unearthed. Whilst Champasak could not exactly be described as a ‘happening place’ there are several delightful riverside restaurants, a few shops and several buildings of interest. Our advice is to rent a bicycle and, having explored the town itself, head out into the surrounding countryside to explore the surrounding villages and hamlets.

Laos Champasak Travel Guide

The pre-Angkor temple of Wat Phou

Built between the 5th and 12th century and easily the most evocative Khmer ruin outside Cambodian borders, the romantic and rambling hilltop temple complex of Wat Phou is reason enough to venture down to southern Laos.

Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001, the site dates back to the 5th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia – the latter was built in alignment with Wat Phou. Whilst the origins of Wat Phou are largely unclear, it is believed that the original temple was built by the Khmer Hindus who eventually made Angkor Wat their capital.

Wat Phou is the location of an important yearly festival that occurs on the full moon of the third month on the lunar calendar (which falls sometime in February, on the Gregorian calendar). The festival celebrates two sermons that Buddha preached to his disciples on the same day, 45 years apart.

Speak to someone who's been there

Start planning your tailor-made trip by contacting one of our travel experts


Laos ⟩ Pakbeng

Laos ⟩ Pha That Luang

Laos ⟩ Tham Jang

Laos ⟩ Tham Xang

Laos ⟩ Wat Sisaket

Laos ⟩ Hongsa

Laos ⟩ Xieng Khouang

Laos ⟩ Wat Phou

Laos ⟩ Vientiane

Laos ⟩ Vang Vieng

Photos of Champasak

Discover Asia with our multi-day cycling adventures, suitable for riders of any skill level. Count on our quality bikes, knowledgeable guides, and excellent support for an incredible experience.

Tailor-made design

Create cherished memories that will last a lifetime through our exceptional and inspiring travel experiences.

True experiences

Embark on an enriching journey to explore the world, where every sight, sound, and encounter offers valuable insights and learning opportunities.

Connect people

Reconnect with nature, engage with diverse cultures, and rejuvenate your senses through immersive travel experiences.

Connect with a certified specialist to begin planning your trip.

Feel free to call one of our experts or schedule a video appointment for personalized ideas and advice.

    • James
    • Asia Specialist
    • Linh
    • Thailand and Asia Specialist
    • Loc
    • Vietnam Specialist

Get the latest from Absolute Asia Tours: Sign up to our newsletter

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Give us a call: +1 315 998 1998

Send an email:

Or fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch