Sunrise on the Mekong River.

Sunrise on the Mekong River.

Sunrise on the Mekong River.

Taken on: 19th December, 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. Renovating Wat Phu. Two-wheel tractors in Champasak. Lao children. 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 On the other Side Washday Doesn't look as if it could carry Cars and Trucks Mekong Ferry Across the Mekong Pump it up! The ferry Village Worried about Business My little green Cactus Enfenced Exotic Fruits Unshaved Lychees Riding on three Wheels A Pile of Fish and some weird looking Insect The 'safe' Part of the Market Finally some packaged Stuff Jona's Whale Mekong Fish Just yellow Chicken Very appetizing Frogs anyone? Encaged and not yellow yet Lettuce Lorry Sticky Rice Bullets What a weird Sight in Laos... Waiting at the Vat Stop Jailed Lettuce Heat Blur Firestarters Vat Tham Fai Hot Air and Stupas Vat Tham Fai Stupas in a Line Smoke dried Robes Losing his Pants Overgrown Ninas and Stupas