Charming Champasak

Trip Start Jan 08, 2012
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Friday, January 27, 2012

We’re currently sitting looking out over the river from outside of our guesthouse. We arrived in Champasak at about 11.30am this morning. It’s a very rural place with one extremely long street that runs alongside the river for miles. It’s exceptionally quaint with a scattering of guesthouses and even fever restaurants!

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. There is a temple sanctuary located in the upper section, also somewhat ruined, but still very beautiful with intricate designs etched into the stone.

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).
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