Vat Tham Fai

Vat Tham Fai

Vat Tham Fai


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