Zipping down from Luang Prabang? Cruising up from Phnom Penh? Shooting over from Bangkok? Make sure to cool your jets for a few days in the southern Lao town of Champasak.
Champasak lies 25 miles downstream from the southern hub of Pakse. It’s on the shore opposite the highway, accessible by boat from the Ban Muang docks.
Nearly the entire town is laid out along a single road that parallels the Mekong River. In the center, a traffic circle (with no traffic to speak of) rings a decaying stone fountain that hints of this town’s distinctive past.