Temples and ruins

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 26, 2008

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Monday, February 18, 2008

We arrived in Pakse via a converted pick up truck - they add two rows of seats and call it a song-thaw. Mainly filled with tourists but a few locals (one of them was sick - it must be genetic! Dont worry the bag was lashed to the roof) and a Buddhist monk sitting in the front seat. We stopped briefly to have BBQ-ed baby chickens thrust in out faces - we declined this delicacy, this time and arrived in Pakse our base to explore the south of Lao. We hired a 100cc bike for the day and visited Champasak. The boat trip across the river was fun, three motorbikes and people on boards nailed to two wooden canoes with an engine...oh and a Buddhist monk. It didnt feel very secure but everything was taken across the river like this! We rode off and into sand, then up through Chamasak a very quaint, leafy town with the amazing ancorian temple ruins of Wat Phu. Everyone was gearing up for the two day festival (which started the next day) but clambering up the mountain to the ruins made us really think that this Buddhist religion really does make you work for your divinity! The view was amazing along with the stonework of the temples. A really great museum as well ...god im getting old!
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