Two-wheel tractors in Champasak.

Two-wheel tractors in Champasak.

Two-wheel tractors in Champasak.

Taken on: 8th September, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Chris.E'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 Boat on the Mekong River. Thai tourists visiting Wat Phu. Workers renovating Wat Phu. Buddha Statue at Wat Phu. Thick Brew Lonely Wanderer On the other Side Across the Mekong Pump it up! Mekong Ferry Washday Doesn't look as if it could carry Cars and Trucks My little green Cactus The ferry Village Worried about Business Enfenced Riding on three Wheels Exotic Fruits Unshaved Lychees Very appetizing Mekong Fish Just yellow Chicken Jona's Whale Finally some packaged Stuff Frogs anyone? A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect Encaged and not yellow yet The 'safe' Part of the Market What a weird Sight in Laos... Jailed Lettuce Waiting at the Vat Stop Lettuce Lorry Sticky Rice Bullets Heat Blur Firestarters Stupas in a Line Vat Tham Fai Vat Tham Fai Hot Air and Stupas Losing his Pants Lao Nagesh Ninas and Stupas Overgrown