Pump it up!

Pump it up!

Pump it up!

Muang, Champasak Province, Laos

Taken on: 1st December, 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. Two-wheel tractors in Champasak. IMG_1119.jpg 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 Washday Across the Mekong Mekong Ferry The ferry Village Enfenced My little green Cactus Worried about Business Unshaved Lychees Riding on three Wheels Exotic Fruits Jona's Whale Finally some packaged Stuff A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Just yellow Chicken Mekong Fish Frogs anyone? The 'safe' Part of the Market Very appetizing Encaged and not yellow yet What a weird Sight in Laos... Lettuce Lorry Sticky Rice Bullets Jailed Lettuce Waiting at the Vat Stop Firestarters Heat Blur Vat Tham Fai Hot Air and Stupas Stupas in a Line Vat Tham Fai Lao Nagesh Smoke dried Robes Overgrown Ninas and Stupas Losing his Pants