"Look at those ugly long-noses!"

"Look at those ugly long-noses!"

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