Hot Air and Stupas

Hot Air and Stupas

Hot Air and Stupas

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