The Mouth of the Xe (aka Pakxe)

The Mouth of the Xe (aka Pakxe)

The Mouth of the Xe (aka Pakxe)

Xe Don River
Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos

Taken on: 30th November, 2009. Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - See Nataraj Metz's page of Flickr

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On the western bank of the slow-flowing Mekong, some 40 kilometres south of Pakse, sits the quaint riverside town of Champasak. A modest place, Champasak is deserted compared to places such as Pakse and Don Dhet, with travellers preferring to take daytrips to nearby Wat Phu. To our minds, this makes the town even more appealing than it has ever been.

The Khmer-period ruins of Wat Phu, some 10 kilometres to the southwest of town, were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001, but aside from a large carpark, a semi-modern looking administrative centre and a museum, the fantastic ruins are largely as they've been for centuries.

Well worn and heavily weathered, this is the most important Khmer site in Laos. An attractive but rather small affair, what Wat Phu lacks in size and grandeur it more ... Read our complete Champasak travel guide

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A hotel boat on the Mekong River. Sunrise on the Mekong River. Renovating Wat Phu. Two-wheel tractors in Champasak. Lao children. IMG_1119.jpg Thai tourists visiting Wat Phu. Buddha Statue at Wat Phu. Workers renovating Wat Phu. On the other Side Lonely Wanderer Thick Brew Mekong Ferry Washday Doesn't look as if it could carry Cars and Trucks Across the Mekong Pump it up! My little green Cactus Worried about Business Enfenced The ferry Village Unshaved Lychees Riding on three Wheels Exotic Fruits Frogs anyone? Very appetizing Jona's Whale Encaged and not yellow yet The 'safe' Part of the Market Mekong Fish Just yellow Chicken Finally some packaged Stuff A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Waiting at the Vat Stop Sticky Rice Bullets Jailed Lettuce What a weird Sight in Laos... Lettuce Lorry Heat Blur Firestarters Hot Air and Stupas Vat Tham Fai Vat Tham Fai Stupas in a Line Smoke dried Robes Lao Nagesh Overgrown Ninas and Stupas Losing his Pants