Lonely Wanderer

Lonely Wanderer

Lonely Wanderer

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