On the other Side

On the other Side

On the other Side

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