Jona's Whale

Jona's Whale

Jona's Whale


Talat Lak Song
Pakxe, 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. IMG_1119.jpg Lao children. 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 Pump it up! Washday Across the Mekong Mekong Ferry Worried about Business Enfenced My little green Cactus The ferry Village Riding on three Wheels Exotic Fruits Unshaved Lychees Very appetizing Encaged and not yellow yet Just yellow Chicken Mekong Fish A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Finally some packaged Stuff The 'safe' Part of the Market Frogs anyone? Jailed Lettuce What a weird Sight in Laos... Lettuce Lorry Waiting at the Vat Stop Sticky Rice Bullets Firestarters Heat Blur Stupas in a Line Vat Tham Fai Hot Air and Stupas Vat Tham Fai Losing his Pants Lao Nagesh Ninas and Stupas Overgrown Smoke dried Robes