Trip Start Jan 08, 2012
45Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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This afternoon we hired a tuk-tuk to take us to Wat Phu Champasak a famous archaeological site 160m above sea level overlooking the Mekong valley. Built in the 6th Century, this historical site is thought to have been the blueprint for Angkor War and other Khmer temples in Cambodia. Divided into two parts and joint by an extremely steep and higgledy-piggledy stair case this impressive site stretches up a mountainside. At the lower part were the remains of two palace type buildings, currently being restored by the Indians and Lao people (it was originally a Hindu site), at the edge of a square pond
After we had climbed up the hundreds of uneven steps in the scorching heat, the views from the top of the site were breathtaking – definitely worth the climb! Just like scenes from a movie.
Tonight we are staying in Champasak, but leave early tomorrow morning for Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands) in the very south of Laos (bus-boat-bus) which will be our last major stop before we head into Vietnam next week (once we can get our visas – it’s Chinese New Year at the moment so all the Vietnamese Embassies are closed until Monday).