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OTHER NATURAL SITES IN CHAMPASACK
 
Don Deng Island
This peaceful island is located inside the Wat Phou-Champasack Heritage Landscape just across the Mekong River from Champasack Town. The island is an ideal location for walks and bicycle rides on its country path, which can be followed around the tree-shaded island. Along the way stop and enjoy the sweet taste of coconut or sugar cane.....

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Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don)
The breathtaking 4000 Islands or Si Phan Don are located in a section of the Mekong River just north of the border with Cambodia and start from Don Khong, the largest island and capital of Khong District, Si Phan Don is an important wetland habitat for both bird and aquatic wildlife species- most notably the freshwater, endangered.....

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Don Khong
Don Khong is the largest and northernmost of the 4000 Islands. It is also the capital of Khong District and is the logical jumping off point for trips to the rest of the islands. The island boasts having 99 mountain tops; a rich heritage of temples (15 total) and French colonial buildings. It is 24 km long and 8 km wide and has a total of 19 villages, many.....

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Don Det & Don Khon
Don Khon is joined with Don Det by a historic railway bridge built by the French in 1910. Next to the bridge sits and old locomotive, one of the last remnants of the railway. In addition to the main activity of relaxing by the Mekong, visitors can walk or ride bikes to Don Lai Island to see Som Pha Mit Waterfall or take a trip to see the.....

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Phou Asa Mountain & Kiet Ngong Wetlands
Atop Phou Asa Mountain, above Kiet Ngong Village, stands an ancient and magnificent stone structure called Wat Phou Asa. It is believed to be a temple and is surrounded by distinctive, unique columns made of plate-like rocks which stand proudly as if guarding the temple. The summit of Phu Asa opens out to provide a stunning view over large.....

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  Irrawaddy Dolphin
The last remaining site of freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins in Laos is located on the border of Lao PDR and Cambodia. These freshwater dolphins, called “Pa Kha” in Lao, reach about 2,5m in length and likely number less than 20 total in Laos. Tourists can see the dolphins (although sightings are not guaranteed) by chartering boats from.....

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  Pha Pho Village
Pha Pho Village is regionally known as having skilled elephant tamers, with a long tradition of elephant domestication for the purpose of using elephants to work in forest and fields. This tradition has been falling out of practice, however, as the availability of wild elephants has been dramatically reduced due to habitat loss and, in fact, it is now.....

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  Xe Khampho Watershed
The confluence of the Xe Khampho, Xe Pian and Xe Khong rivers offers some of the best possibilities for viewing large waterbirds and other animal species in southern Laos. The Xe Khampho and Xe Pian rivers may be accessed from Pakbo and Phonsa-Ath villages, which are a bit down the road from Ban Palai Bok and Ban Pha Pho. Although.....

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  Houay Kaliang-Sayphou Kiou
The southern corner of Xe Pian NPA known as the Houay Kaliang-Sayphou Kiou Area, located in the vicinity of Khone Phapheng, has been documented to having the highest biodiversity of large mammals in the protected area, with populations of Gaur and Elephant, as well as birds like Green Peafowl and Giant Ibis. This area has not been.....

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  Bolaven Plateau
With its nearly-perfect growing conditions of abundant rainfall, cool temperatures, rich volcanic soils and high elevations of up to 1300 metres, the Bolaven Plateau (named after the Laven, the largest ethnic group on the plateau) is known as one of the world’s top coffee growing regions and accounts for nearly all of Laos’ coffee production. The.....

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  Nong Luang
Nong Luang Village is noteworthy for being one of the few villages to participate in a coffee growing cooperative, which allows the villagers to sell their coffee bean directly on the world market in return for a fair trade price. The village works together with other villages in the area to pool their coffee beans together, process them, select the.....

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  Don Kho
Don Kho is a small island located across the Mekong River from Ban Saphai. According to the villagers of Don Kho, the island was originally settled by a small group of families from Attapeu hundreds of years ago. During the French colonial period in the late 1800’s, Don Kho became the first centre of political administration in Champasack.....

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  Khong Mountain
Khong Mountain, located in the Phou Xieng Thong National Protected Area, is known for its wild orchids, rocky outcroppings, cultural and religious sites, as well as stunning views of Laos and Thailand. A day hike to Phou Khong is a moderate 4-6 hours. A two-hour walk to “Hin Khong” (Fish Basket Rock) and back is also possible. During the trek.....

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  Ban Mai Singsamphanh
This lowland Lao trading and fishing village, located at the base of Khong Mountain, is known for its market with its wide variety of non-timber forest products, local rice whiskeys, and woven bamboo crafts. Nearby the village is an area called Nakhon Sing, where there stands a replica statue of the Nakhon Sing lion-the area’s original symbol.....

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