Visitors should note that, due to Champasak's subtropical climate, the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to March.
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Adventurous travelers can opt for a home stay in Don Daeng, a small island that is one of 4,000 in the lower Mekong River (each dry season, when the Mekong water level recedes, thousands of tiny islets are revealed).
Don Daeng is very rustic and traditional: stay with the warm, friendly family of a local fisherman. Meet the village elders, tour the local school, and help out with the daily chores. At dinner time, see a cooking demonstration of some of the traditional foods such as som tam (papaya salad), served with grilled fish and sticky rice.
The jewel of Champasak Province, the Khmer religious complex at Wat Phu was recognized with official World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2001. The oldest of these temples pre-date the much more famous (and popular) Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia by nearly 500 years. The temples are still seldom visited - you might find yourself the only visitor on any given day - but they won't remain so for long.
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Located on the island of Don Daeng not far from Champasak and Wat Phou, La Folie is a French-run lodge situated on the banks of the Mekong. Guests arrive by boat onto a sandy beach. The lodge consists of 24 rooms housed in 12 charming wooden bungalows, all with balconies offering magnificent river views and equipped with air conditioning, TV, WiFi and en-suite bathrooms. The poolside restaurant, open-aired but sheltered by a graceful wooden roof, offers continental cuisine and Asian specialties, from early morning breakfast to late-night snacks, and there is also an excellent wine list.
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All rooms are solar powered, and power usage is kept to a minimum throughout the property. The rooms are decorated with locally produced textiles and other materials.
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