Across the Mekong

Across the Mekong

Across the Mekong

Muang Ferry, Champasak Province, Laos

Taken on: 1st December, 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 Lao children. Two-wheel tractors in Champasak. Thai tourists visiting Wat Phu. Buddha Statue at Wat Phu. Workers renovating Wat Phu. Lonely Wanderer On the other Side Thick Brew Mekong Ferry Doesn't look as if it could carry Cars and Trucks Washday Pump it up! My little green Cactus Enfenced The ferry Village Worried about Business Exotic Fruits Unshaved Lychees Riding on three Wheels Frogs anyone? Finally some packaged Stuff Jona's Whale Very appetizing Encaged and not yellow yet The 'safe' Part of the Market Mekong Fish Just yellow Chicken A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Sticky Rice Bullets Jailed Lettuce What a weird Sight in Laos... Waiting at the Vat Stop Lettuce Lorry Heat Blur Firestarters Vat Tham Fai Stupas in a Line Vat Tham Fai Hot Air and Stupas Smoke dried Robes Lao Nagesh Losing his Pants Overgrown Ninas and Stupas