Champhone loop is the combination of beautiful landscape, unique culture, and hospitable people. Thare are plenty of things to do and see along the loop such as visiting the natural sites of Wat Phoukor, That Kou, or Monkey Forest; or learning more about the culture and history at Ho Taypidok – the first library in laos or Taleo Old Temple.
Below is the full list of what you can do in see here.
Nonglamchan or Ho Taypidok - The first library in Laos
This peaceful site known as "Ho Taypidok" in Lao is famous for its wooden repository which contains some 400 palm leave manuscripts displayed in traditional cabinet.
You can also contemplate the collection of amulets and notable objects in the museum, admire the meeting hall and its massive wooden poles, feed the fishes of the pond, and walk on the Buddha grove.
Taleo Old Temple
This beautiful and singular temple is famous for its church-like architecture, the frescoes on its inner walls and the ruins of the monastic school.
You can visit the brand-new museum on site to learn more about the history of Taleo village during the American Secret War and see a 3D wooden model of the monastic school like it was before it collapsed.
This 23ha forest hosts more than 300 rhesus macaques so you are 100% sure to see them. Enter the forest to feed them and watch them swing in the monkey playground, learn about the story of this sacred forest, about the plant sand how villagers use them, and observe the giant beehives through binoculars.
This small lake is home to the biggest concentration of the endangered soft-shell turtle of Laos PDR, about 50 specimens, thanks to villagers who have been protecting them because they believe that the turtles are sacred.
You can feed them from the bridge leading to the beautiful shrine on pilotis and buy Phutai handicraft.
It is the biggest reservoir of Champhone district, sometimes called the Champhone Sea. It allows 2 rice harvests per year so you will see beautiful green sceneries from January to April and from May to November.
You can have lunch in a floating restaurant to taste the famous Soui snails and local fishes while looking at fishermen and waterbirds on the lake, or embark on a boat tour around the sacred islands
This singular forest temple has been designed without wall so people can stay in touch with nature while praying Buddha. While walking in the beautiful surrounding forest, you can observe many statues depicting Buddhist hell and famous Lao tales
That Kou is the ruin of one of the many pre-Angkorian constructions from the ancient Khmer Empire in Laos. This sanctuary was built at early second millennium with impressive lava stones and used to be a Hindu shrine.
You can visit the Croc center located in the temple of Tansoum village. Boat tours and other tourist activities and services will be developed there, in the core of the wetlands, by WCS project.
Workshops at the local villages
Along the loop, there are plenty of chances to visit the local villages and join some workshop and learn more about some traditional activities such as traditional weaving, grasshopper farming, natural dying, or Lao Khao traditional distillery.
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