What a weird Sight in Laos...

What a weird Sight in Laos...

What a weird Sight in Laos...


Route 13
Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos

Sticky Rice

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