Lao children.

Lao children.

Lao children.

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