Samantha's Travels 2006-2008 travel blog

Ferry-boat to Champasak!

Anne & Julia & our mean-machine tuk-tuk!

Offerings

Offerings

Temple

Kids

Temple

Aspiring models!

Holy cow!

Ducks being gathered before sundown!

Temple

Temple life

Sunset

Sunset

Champasak Hospital

Anne keeping us topped up on our vitamins!!

Julia

Full moon

Mr frog.....quite a model!

Banana leaf boats

Wat Phu Champasak

Wat Phu Champasak

Wat Phu Champasak

Julia & Anne!

 


Two boats, two tuk-tuks and a bus later and I finally arrive in Champasak with Anne and Julia, two German girls I met on route. Champasak is a quaint countryside village stretching along the riverside with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and some small village temples to discover. The main draw to Champasak is Wat Phu, a temple with UNESCO World Heritage Status from the Angkor-era. The three of us awoke early and hired bikes to ride the 8km to the temple. It was a pleasant ride especially with Anne whistling us along and some of the kids calling "sabaidy" (hello) as we rode on past! The temple wasn't a touch on the ones around Siem Reap in Cambodia, however it was still worth a visit.

While we were in Champasak it was Bun Awk Phansa, a festival celebrated all over Laos. Bun Awk Phansa is the full moon that signals the end of the 3 months rain retreat. Locals make banana-leaf boats with candles and incense to float in the rivers in the evening. The following day many of the large towns and cities hold a Boat Festival. A fun packed day of row-boat racing and partying. So Anne, Julia and I made our way to Pakse, the nearest large town to join in the celebrations.



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