Riding on three Wheels

Riding on three Wheels

Riding on three Wheels


Pakxe, Champasak Province, Laos

Taken on: 30th November, 2009. Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - See Nataraj Metz's page of Flickr

Read more about Champasak

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

More images

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