Champasak is a town on the Mekong River, in southern Laos. It’s known as a gateway to Wat Phu, an 11th-century Khmer temple complex with sandstone carvings of Hindu deities. Its spring is said to be sacred. Sculptures from the site are on display at the Wat Phu Museum. East of the river are the Dong Hua Sao National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Bolaven Plateau’s coffee plantations and Xe Katamtok Waterfall.