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Champasak Is the Fourth whl.travel Portal in Laos

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  • 8 September 2009

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Champasak Province lies in the far south of Laos and is bordered by both Thailand to the west and Cambodia to the south. It boasts a wealth of attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou, which dates back to the sixth century; the Khongprapheng Waterfalls, which are the largest in Southeast Asia; the beautiful Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don), where rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen; and the Bolaven Plateau, with a multitude of waterfalls and coffee plantations that yield some of the best coffee in the world.

Wat Phou, Champasak, Laos

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou, located in Champasak, Laos, dates back to the sixth century

Before you visit Champasak, though, make sure you research the province’s wealth of options: a wide range of Champasak hotels and Champasak tours, as well as many attractions well worth a visit.

Active travellers with a passion for water sports will revel in a four-day trip through the sites of southern Laos that takes in the Si Phan Don wetlands, where kayaking, rafting and scenic boat cruises are all possible. Two-wheelers may prefer the four-day cycling adventure that promises genuine insight into the lives of locals who live off the tourist trail.

Alternatively, spend a day in Pakse, the largest city in southern Laos, famous for its hand-woven cottons and silks. You’re almost guaranteed a bargain at one of the local markets that welcome merchants of colourful ethnic textiles and clothes, as well as the full range of jewellery and local specialities, like coffee, tea, vegetables and fruit.

For those who wish to experience ancient history, while Wat Phou tops all lists and is just six kilometres southwest of Champasak Town, the area’s renown also extends to the smaller Khmer-style Um Tomo Temple and the living museum of Don Khong, an island south of Champasak town where the locals reside in traditional wooden houses on stilts and have retained the Lao lifestyle of 100 years ago.

At sunset over the Mekong River in Si Phan Don, Laos, a nearly submerged tree is all that remains of one of the four thouand islands and shows the huge increase in water levels experienced during the rainy season

At sunset over the Mekong River in Si Phan Don, a nearly submerged tree is all that remains of one of the four thouand islands and shows the huge increase in water levels experienced during the rainy season

These and more opportunities are now possible through the launch of www.champasak-hotels.com, the fourth whl.travel destination portal in Laos (following Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane), all of which connect travellers to the highly professional local-expert team at Teamworkz Consulting.

“We are very proud to have launched our Champasak site and believe it offers a great range of opportunities for travellers looking to get off the beaten path,” said Lee Sheridan, Teamworkz General Manager. “Coupled with our three existing sites and two new ones under construction for Luang Namtha and Xieng Khouang, we are very excited to be able to share the destinations we love so much in Laos with visitors from around the world.”

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