Champasak Province lies to the Southwest of Laos. The capital city is Pakse, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Xedon rivers.

Due to its great location, Pakse was established by the French colonialists in 1905 as an administrative capital. About 90,000 people reside in this city, which is one of the main political and economic centers of Lao PDR. Most are of Chinese or Vietnamese ethnicity, but there are several different minorities in Champasak who have their own language, culture and lifestyle.

In Champasak, you can find Southeast Asia’s biggest waterfall, Khone Pha Pheng, which can easily be reached by boat or road. Ancient Khmer temples, some of which predate the famous temples at Angkor in Cambodia, can also be found.