Vat Tham Fai
Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos

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