Another wet day in Laos!
Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
50Trip End Nov 29, 2011
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Journey to Champasak - still raining and every village looked like a quagmire - but children were playing in the rain and the mud again (along with the pigs and water buffalo).
Wat Phu is about 5 miles out of Champasak and is a UNESCO World Heritage site - and for some reason that means that the government can't get permission to improve the road to it. It was awash with red mud and full of enormous pot holes - it took about ¾ hour to get there and we saw one truck axle deep in mud in a pot hole -they were not going anywhere fast (and unfortunately they were in the middle of the road as well)
What Phu was amazing -it’s a very old temple(originally Hindu and then Buddist) - older than the ones at Angkor Wat - and is ruined, so it was very atmospheric. Its build on a hillside on numerous terraces all connected with very steep, uneven rocky steps which are covered in moss and mud and were very slippery on the way up and even worse on the way down as there was no hand rail. I came down some of it on my bottom as I didn’t want to fall again.
Then to our hotel which is on an island in the Mekong - the boat over was two canoes lashed together with a wooden platform over them with four bamboo garden chairs on it. It was pouring with rain so we were given umbrellas to cover ourselves with! Hopefully tomorrow will be dry as we are spending a lot more time on the river and I don’t want to see this part of Laos from under an umbrella!