Champasak Town

Champasak’s cultural and historical trails

Immerse yourself in a variety of eras from early, classical Khmer architecture (7th-12th century) through French colonial buildings (19th-20th century) to Buddhist temples and local village life, including shadow puppeteers of the present day.

The area of Vat Phou and Champasak invite you to explore a diverse cultural landscape. Set in stunning natural surroundings, Vat Phou, the ancient Khmer temple complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the main attraction in the area, but there is much more to be discovered.

It is worth staying in the charming town of Champasak where you can discover French colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, or simply enjoy an evening in the Shadow Puppet Theatre. You could also take a relaxing massage at the Spa or take a boat to the Mekong island of Don Daeng to relax in its tranquil environment and discover local village life on a bicycle.

These new thematic trails take you deep into Champasak’s cultural and historic landscape away from well-travelled routes. Discover pre-Angkorian inscriptions in a small cave and an ancient city. Learn about rice farming and processing, immerse yourself in the diverse architecture of the town, and explore local village life along and across the Mekong River.

Try these thematic trails and discover relatively unknown archaeological sites in remote areas:

  • Vat Phou – Hong Nang Sida – Tao Thao: Archaeology, History, Nature
  • Vat Phou – Oub Muong – Tam Leck: Archaeology, History, Nature
  • Ancient City – Vat Luang Kao: Archaeology, Nature
  • Ancient City – Vat Muang Kang: History, Nature, Local life

If you prefer nature, culture, history and local life, try these trails:

  • Tomo Temple: Archaeology, History, Nature, Local life across the Mekong
  • Don Daeng island: Nature, Local life, Panoramic view
  • Champasak town historic and local life trail: History, Local life, Architecture
  • Champasak rice paddies: History, Nature, Local life, Rice paddies

The eight thematic trails are all walkable, but can also be done by bicycle or by motorbike while a few trails require a combination with a boat trip on the Mekong. All trails are best done in the company of a local guide but some have been designed for independent travellers.

For more information and bookings please contact:

Vat Phou Museum
Opening hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: Mr Soubanh +856 20 5576 9221