The Back of Beyond
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 167
Temperature : 32 degrees
Weather : Patchy clouds
We left Don Khon at 10.45am with Helen and Nick after a leisurely breakfast and a rest in the hammocks again. Our journey took us back across the Mekong to the mainland where, after much deliberation by the locals, we were directed to a bus which was heading north. After a couple of hours we arrived by the river again and from here we took a small boat across to Champasak.
We realised that it was going to be quiet here as soon as we arrived at the other side
After a rather bland lunch we hired a tuk-tuk and ventured up to see Wat Phu Champasak. These Khmer ruins are apparently some of the most important archaeological ruins in Laos and were built before Angkor Wat. The climb up to the top of the ruins did afford us magnificent sweeping vistas over the surrounding landscape. However, having been to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, we really felt that we would not have missed out if we had passed Champasak up and carried on to Pakse.
In the evening the four of us were debating about where to go for dinner. There didn’t seem to be many options and we didn’t fancy eating in the same place we had lunch. Just when we seemed to have given up hope we came across this little hotel that seemed completely out of place in this back of beyond town. Incredulously, we found pizza, pasta and French wine on the menu, and just when I was about to joke about internet, we discovered they had free WiFi.
Needless to say, it was a late night.