Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Wat Phu Champasak

Bucolic Wat Phu sits in graceful decrepitude, and while it lacks the arresting enormity of Angkor in Cambodia, given its few visitors and more dramatic natural setting, these small Khmer ruins evoke a more soulful r…
Top Choice Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Tat Somphamit

Located on Don Khon, 1.5km downriver from the French bridge, vast Tat Somphamit is a gorgeous set of raging rapids. Its other name, Li Phi, means 'Spirit Trap' and locals believe the falls act as just that: a trap f…
Top Choice Waterfall in Paksong Area

Tayicseua

There are seven significant waterfalls (none of them named Tayicseua) and several smaller ones at this remote, but easily accessible private nature reserve. Some sit right near the restaurant-parking area while othe…
Top Choice Waterfall in Tat Lo

Tat Soung

Tat Soung is a 50m drop over the edge of the Bolaven Plateau, and though the dam has damaged these falls more than the others – slowing them to a trickle for most of the year – you can walk around the rocky top of t…
Top Choice Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Khon Pa Soi Falls

Although it's not the largest waterfall on the islands, Khon Pa Soi Falls is still pretty impressive, and it never gets crowded due to its isolated location. From the little restaurant (sometimes only serving cold d…
Top Choice Theatre in Champasak

Shadow Puppet Theatre & Cinéma Tuktuk

Run by Frenchman Yves Bernard, this magical theatre next to the tourist office tells the story of the epic Ramayana using the ancient art of shadow puppets. On Wednesday and Saturday nights it screens the enchanting…
Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Khon Phapheng Falls

The largest, and by far the most awesome waterfall anywhere along the Mekong, Khon Phapheng is pure, unrestrained aggression as millions of litres of water crash over the rocks every second. That said, you'll have t…
Buddhist Temple in Champasak

Wat Muang Kang

About 5km south of town along the Mekong stands the oldest active temple in Champasak, and arguably the most interesting in southern Laos. The soaring Thai-style ubosot (ordination hall), with its red-tiled roof and…
Village in Bolaven Plateau Region

Toumlan

Toumlan, 50km north of Salavan, is a slapped-together boomtown with some small shops and restaurants and several oversized, out-of-place government buildings. The surrounding Katang villages comprise one of Laos' mo…
Ruins in Bolaven Plateau Region

Prince Souphanouvong's Bridge

Named after its builder, the 'Red Prince' Souphanouvong (who was a trained engineer), this 150m-long bridge over the Se Don was blown up by American bombers in 1968 due to its position on a supply branch of the Ho C…