Travel from Pakse to Champassak

By bus the journey from Pakse to Champassak is scheduled to take 2 hours.

Bus Times from Pakse to Champassak


There are currently 2 services a day from Pakse to Champassak available to book online.

PakseChampassakCostCompany
09:0011:00$10 USDGreen Paradise
12:0014:00$10 USDGreen Paradise

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Pakse Bus Stop


Green Paradise bus services from Pakse to Champassak depart from the Green Paradise Tour and Travel Office in Pakse.

Google Map of Green Paradise Tour and Travel Office in Pakse

Champassak Bus Stop


Green Paradise bus services from Pakse to Champassak terminate at Champassak Terminal West.

Google Map of Champassak Terminal West

About Travel from Pakse to Champassak


Champassak is located between Don Det and Pakse in southern Laos. Champassak is a quiet town on the banks of the Mekong River that is moderately popular with Laotian tourists. Relatively few foreign visitors come to the town, and most those who do are there to visit a nearby Khmer temple, Wat Phou.

About Champassak Town

Champassak Town is spread out over a distance of about 4 km along the left bank of the Mekong River running south from Champassak Terminal West. The layout of the town makes best use of its major tourist attraction, which is the Mekong River. The river views in Champassak are very pleasant and the river also has a cooling effect making staying by the river, and dining riverside, enjoyable.

Champassak has a handful of good quality riverside hotels, and lots more hotels and guesthouses that are considerably cheaper and notably less picturesque. Among the better hotels are The Riviera Champasak, the Residence Bassac and The River Resort.

The restaurant scene in Champassak is similar. There are a small number of restaurants in the town that provide international food, and lots more that serve local cuisine at very low prices. The two best restaurants in Champassak are the Champassak Wine Bar and Champasak With Love.

The Mekong River flows through Champassak
The Mekong River flows through Champassak
About Wat Phou

Wat Phou is located about 10 km by road from the centre of Champassak Town. Visitors need to arrange their own transport to Wat Phou as there are no public transport services from Champassak Town.

The effort involved in travelling from Champassak to Wat Phou is well worth it as Wat Phou is probably the most interesting Khmer temple outside of Cambodia. Wat Phou is much smaller and less impressive than the major temples near Siem Reap, such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, but it is also much older than these more famous Khmer temples. Construction of Wat Phou took place over several centuries with the earliest parts of the temple dating back to the 2nd Century. Early Khmer temples such as Wat Phou show the beginnings of the development of the distinctive architectural style of the temples in Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park.

Wat Phou is a collection of buildings, shrines and walkways stretching 1.4 km on an east to west axis. The temple is located at the base of a hill and at the time of construction benefited from an abundant source of water. Water was an important feature of the temple, which was once surrounded by two large reservoirs. The temple complex has 2 palaces, 6 brick towers and a large central sanctuary.

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