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Vat Tham Fai
Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos

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