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VIENTIENE AND ITS SUBURBS
LUANG PRABANG “The World Heritage City”
Luang Namtha, is a northern province bordering China and Myanmar and its selection is based upon a series of environment, social, cultural, historical and development factors which make the site an excellent location to evaluate the potential for sustainable cultural and ecotourism in and around a protected area.
Champassak, a small town located on the right or the Mekong river, shares a common border with Thailand. It is known as one of the three principals of the Lane Xang Empire. One can visit Wat Amath, a famous pagoda in which treasures dating back to stoner age are located: Wat Phu is a huge complex temple built in the Khmer style since 10th century.
WAT PHOU CHAMPASAK
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at about one hour drive from Pakse where it is possible to hire a tuk-tuk or rent a car/minibus on a daily basis. Following Route 13, heading south, you will find a sign at Ban Lak Samseep and turn right for about 3 km until you reach the Mekong river at a very wide point. A ferry will take you across the river to Champasak town which is about 8 km from the site. If travelling by bus an overnight stay in Champasak is recommended. A number of small guesthouses are available.
i Phan Don, which means in Lao language Four Thousand Islands, is a scenic stretch of about 50 km along the Mekong river located just north of the Cambodian border where, during the rainy season, the river reaches a breadth of 14 km, the widest width of the Mekong along its 4.350 km journey from China to Vietnam. During the dry season the waters recede and leave behind hundreds if not thousand of islands and islets.
Attapeu, the most southeastern tip province of Laos Province, is also the best known for the Bolaven Plateau, sharing borders with Sekong in the north, Champassack in the west, Vietnam in the East and Cambodia in the South. The Bolaven Plateau is covered in the Champassak section and easily accessed from Pakse, in Champassak province.