Champasak Images 12 images Created 23 Oct 2012
Pakse is the most important town in Southern Laos and nerve center for Champasak Province. Situated at the confluence of the Xe Dong and Mekong rivers. Apart from the Mekong and some beautiful, if crumbling, French colonial buildings - Pakse itself has little of interest to the visit. However, it is the gateway to to magnificent Boloven plateau, a very fertile plain where coffee and durians are grown. UNESCO World Heritage Site nearby Wat Phou was built in the same style as Angkor Wat and exudes the same atmosphere of an ancient city lost in the jungles for centuries. While the structures themselves are impressive, it's the jungle overgrowth that creates a particular charm. Wat Phou stood neglected for centuries because it was built as a Hindu, not a Buddhist temple.