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HIGHLIGHTS IN CHAMPASACK
Explore Pakse, the centre of southern Laos. Visit Si Phan Don- better known as “The 4000 islands” this unique archipelago on the Mekong, where the river widens to 14 km during the rainy season. It also boasts the awe- inspiring Khone Phapheng waterfall the largest in S.E. Asia by volume. Visit Wat Phouone of the best preserved pre- Angkorian ruins outside of Cambodia. Discover the waterfalls Pha Suam and Fane.
 
  Wat Phou Champasack
The Wat Phou temple complex is one of Southeast Asia’s best examples of both early and classic Khmer architecture dating from the 7th to 12th centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the ancient city of Shestrapura and many little known but interesting archeological sites along the banks of the Mekong River. There are also many fine examples of traditional Lao homes and buildings from the colonial period. If you are in Champasack during February, don't miss the Wat Phou Festival.
   
  Mekong Island & Irrawaddy Dolphins
South of Khong Island (the largest in Laos) is the four Thousand Islands, or Si Phan Done in Lao. This area of extraordinary beauty is known for its fine food-especially fish dishes-distinct temple architecture and warm hospitality. On Don Det and Don Khon, remnants of an early 20th century railway and steamship port can be visited. At the Lao-Cambodia border local boats can be hired to observe the endangered freshwater dolphins that inhabit this section of the Mekong.
   
  Bolaven Plateau
Rising over 1.500m above sea level. The rich volcanic soils and cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau produce some of the finest Arabica coffees in the world. The town of Paksong is a base for day trips to the region's coffee and tea plantations, as well as the spectacular Xe Katamtok Waterfall. On the way to Paksong stop at the Tad Fane Resort at km 38 for breathtaking views of the Tad Fane Waterfall located on the edge of Dong Houa Sao NBCA.
   
  Xe Pian NBCA
The 2.400 sq km Xe Pian National Biodiversity Conservation Area is one of the most biologically important and diverse protected areas in the country. Home to 51 key species of birds including the Giant Ibis and Sarus Crane, as well as 36 species of mammals, Xe Pian is one of the province's premier ecotourism destinations. Kiet Ngong Village is the jump off point for nature walks, bird watching, trekking, elephant rides and day trips to the Phou Asa archaeological site.
   
  Mekong Falls-Li Phi & Khone Phapheng
By volume the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, thundering Khone Phapheng is one of the most inspiring and popular attractions in the province. Among the waterfall's many channels and rocky outcrops visitors can see local people using traditional fishing techniques. Li Phi, just north of Khone Phapheng, is another amazing natural site that is best seen during the months of December-March when the cascade's clear waters are tinted emerald green. Food and beverage facilities are available at both sites.
   
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