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Sep 23, 2014 - Letting Go

Many people joke that Lao PDR stands for Please Don't Rush and while that might not be true it's undeniably the most laidback country in Southeast Asia. People are constantly sweet, friendly and cheerful. Schedules are loose, if present at all. The word for restriction might not even exist. Even the rain appears to fall in an 'eh maybe I'll stop, maybe I'll pour, maybe I'll just keep drizzling like this' manner. Most of all, absolutely no one is in a hurry to do anything or go anywhere. With such a pervasive easy going attitude, it's almost...

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Mar 4, 2013 - Pakse to Champasak

Monday 4th March 58ks Pakse to Champasak , Wat Phou temple We got up early to farewell Luc and Christian on their way to Bangkok. Had a quick stop at the town Wat and then rode along the river and over the Lao-Nippon Bridge. New bitumen was being rolled at the bridge end, very squidgy under the wheels and we have probably left our tyre tracks… would not have been a good thing to fall off into hot tar! Temperature very hot already at 10am. At the turnoff we passed military looking guys at a toll booth who waved us through. To our left we...

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Nov 9, 2012 - 4000 Islands

Gestern morgen habe ich mich von meiner alten Gruppe getrennt und habe einen Bus/Boot nach Don Khong genommen. Das ist die größte der "4000 Islands". Bis auf eine Straße mit einer handvoll Hostels und Restaurant gibt es da nichts außer Reisfelder. Ich habe mich in das billigste Hostel eingechecked um ein bischen sparsamer zu leben.. das habe ich spätestens am Abend sehr bereut, da ich nur wegen 1-2 € Knauserei in einem Doppelzimmer voller Spinnen und Dreck schlafen musste. In einem Café habe einen Schweizer und einen Spanier kennen gelernt,...

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Südostasien 2012

May 26, 2012 - Laos - Day 25 - Wat Phu Temple

We woke up early to get a good head start to the day, and what a beautiful sunny morning it was. Last night we found a local driver who agreed to take us into Champasak for each. It was just a little over half an hours drive to the Wat Phu temple, our driver took the back roads avoiding crossing over a "toll" bridge into Champasak, saving us both money and time. We had a few hours to look around the temple grounds, once done we were to be taken across the river by a small vehicle ferry, from which we would be driven to a junction where we...

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Mar 26, 2009 - Wat Phu Champasak - Human Sacrifice

Wat Phu, near Champasak in Laos, is an Angkor-era temple and religeous site. It is simlar in architecture to the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia, but on a much smaller basis. Local tradition has it that the site - in particular the crocodile stone near the sanctuary on top of the mountain - was used for human sacrifice at certain important dates in the year. Walking aroung the site you do get a strong feeling of mystery..... So rather than me showing you the normal boring list of temple shots, let's play a little game. Let's pretend that you...

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Asia Journey

Feb 1, 2009 - Champasak and Don Khong

After our Bolven Plateau excursion J and I spent another night in Pakse at a cheap guest house called the Sabadi 2. The trouble with cheap is that this could entail rock hard mattresses, cold showers and creepy crawlies. Once again I was ravaged by some unknown insect in the night. I could feel things biting me yet could not see them. I barely got any sleep and woke up with a swollen eye and red bites my arms and back. What the heck? This time I doubt it was bed bugs and I surrendered to the idea of mosquitoes. Swollen eye and all the tuk...

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Jan 1, 2009 - Champasak

Champasak is a small town just a few hours South of Pakse and is famous for the ruins of Wat Phu Champasak - the former capital of the Lao kingdom and now a world heritage sight. We spent the morning exploring the small, but very impressive ruins set on a hillside overlooking the Mekong valley. Gave us a taste of what we can expect to see in Cambodia at Angkor Wat. So far we've avoided getting "watted out" and are still drinking it all in very happily.

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Jun 26, 2007 - Champasak

We met Danny around 8am and after breakfast we all went together to catch a songthaew to Champasak. We were all headed to Champasak to see the ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phu and we intended to spend the night in Champasak after seeing the sights. The songthaew ride was typical, maybe more cramped than usual because the locals came to Pakse to stock up at the local market. The ride took about an hour until we reached a river crossing and then the songthaew drove onto a barge which carried us across the Mekong. Once across, it was a short...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Testing my patience

The day after returning from my motorbike adventure, I decided to get warmed up for going to Angkor Wat by going to some Khmer temple ruins of a similar era, at a place called Champusak, about 50km south of Pakse. Since I had a bit of time spare I made a two day trip of it, leaving most of my things in Pakse, and I'm glad that I did because it was a pain in the arse getting there! I started out at about 10am, and tried to got lift to the bus station which involved some strange bartering - I was offered 10,000kip, but refused to pay more...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jan 14, 2007 - Dusty roads and not more chickens

So the guesthouse owner took me in his boat to the mainland where I got in a jumbo for the 3 hour drive to the boat landing where I had to cross the Mekong again to get to the town of Champasak where there are some Khmer ruins which have links to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I squished in next to a few other tourists, many locals, several bags of rice and boxes of all descriptions. Then just before we left what was landed next to my feet only a chicken it's feet tied together.... good at least it can't move. At the other end of the jumbo was...

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My World Odyssey

Oct 8, 2006 - LAOS: Champasak

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...

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Aug 16, 2006 - Four Thousand Islands

Near the Cambodian border in southern Laos, the Mekong River gets very wide and a number of islands poke out of the water. Two of the most southern islands are Don Det and Don Khon. It was between these two islands that the French installed a train bridge, the only thing they build when Laos was a colony. Today, the bridge is mainly used by travellers to reach Don Khon to see the waterfalls along the edges of the island. The volume of water is large, particularly during the rainy season, but it doesn't do much falling. Aside from that,...

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