Getting There

Buses leave from Pakse's southern bus terminal and drop you off at the purely ornamental central roundabout. If you are coming on a rented motorcycle you will need to negotiate the ferry crossing. This is not hard. If you are nervous about loading the bike across the gangplank get one of the crew to do it for you. The ferry from Ban Muang on the eastern side of the river costs 10,000 kip. Make sure you bring a hat: There is no shade from the burning sun and the crossing takes 15 minutes. It is real heatstroke territory unless you are careful.

Getting Around

Champasak is eminently walkable. Guesthouses also rent rattling bicycles.

Fast Facts

Banks & Currency Exchange -- The Lao Development Bank (open times Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm) on the southern edge of town changes traveler's checks and cash. There is no ATM.

Internet Access -- There are a couple of Internet cafes up the main street. They tend to close very early; don't expect to be surfing past 7pm.

Post Office -- There is a post office where you can make international phone calls.

Tourism Information -- The Chamapassak District Visitor Information Center (tel. 020/220-6215; open Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm) can give you background on local sights and transportation options. They can also fix you up with a local guide.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.