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Jul 1, 2006 - Champassak - Laos

We caught buses and boats of various sizes on the way. The buses were just a dual cab utes with rows of seats on the back. On one trip there were 32 of us on the back and our boys had to stand on the back bumper and hang on to the roof for the 3 hour trip. A couple of Monks and about 10 other people had the cab seats. Of course the rain came as it is monsoon season so my mates got their clothes washed for free. First we stopped at Champasak which was just a small village and we were just about the only tourists there so had a few nice...

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Karen's Trip 2006

Jun 11, 2006 - Champasak - Khmer ruins in Laos

An overnight bus south of Vientiane landed us in Pakse. From here we got a ride in a local pickup (sawngthaew) which was an adventure in itself. We were travelling with 2 american friends we had met in Luang Prabang, Vang Viang and Vientiane, all squeezed onto this truck with about a tonne of sugar, ceramic tiles and fruit and veg plus 25 other people. It was stinking hot but eventually we made it to the mekong, where surprise , surprise we had to load this truck onto a makeshift ferry. Once on the ferry, the driver noticed we had a flat...

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Jun 7, 2006 - Champasac

The trip from Vientane to Champasak was a bit long but we finally arrived there in the early afternoon! It's a tiny little village which is only famous for a temple dating for the Anchor Era! It is a very nice a quiet place, I guess that gave us a good idea of what Anchor Wat will looks like! It is funny in the North of Laos I hardly ever met anyone who could speak french but around here in the South they all at least speak a few words so as soon as I tell them I am french they all try to make conversation! Tomorow we are going even more...

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Apr 25, 2006 - Champasak

Reaching Champasak was an adventure. We transferred onto a bus at Pakse. We asked when the bus would leave - '1130'. That's too long to wait, we thought, and started to look for a 'jumbo' that was going there. As soon as we started to look for alternative transport the driver honked his horn loudly as if the bus was about to leave. We got back onto the bus and waited, and waited. The driver was trying to fill the bus. When ever we tried to find alternative transport several men would madly wave their arms at us, saying "Get Back on the bus...

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Mar 26, 2006 - To Champasak

26 March 06 - To Champasak I was told there were local buses to Champasak at 0630,0700 and 0800. I checked with the lady from Ottawa (always a good idea to check things out with at least two people, besides what the LP might say). She said I would have to change somewhere along the way to go to Champasak as the local bus went direct to Pakse. I sat and waited near the guesthouse to flag down the bus when it came along and at 0810 a truck stopped, having seen me sitting with my backpack. There were four women in the back, two of whom were...

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Feb 21, 2006 - Le sud Laos (Pakse, Tad Lo, Champassak et les 4000 iles)... prochainement.

Apres la capitale, nous continuons sotre route vers le sud et apres une nuit dans un super bus de luxe (un vrai de vrai avec couverture, ben oui l'air co est parfois un peu trop fort, la tele avec des supers karaokes ... ca, c'etait pas si super car le volume etait au maximum), nous debarquons a Pakse. Cette 3eme ou 4eme ville du Laos n'est pas plus grnde que Crehen! Nous degotons une chambre avec air-co, balcon et TV cablee .... oui oui ... Nous passerons donc quelques heures devant le petit ecran car en plus, nous avons les news sur TV5...

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Feb 13, 2006 - Champassak - Wat Phou

We also disembarked at Champassak to visit Wat Phou, an important Khmer temple and palace. The mountain was probably sacred in ancient times where the locals paid respect to animist spirits before the construction of any of the visible ruins. The surviving structures date from the 11th century, believed to have been built by the same king who started Angkor Wat. The temple remained important for Khmer kings even after they moved the capital to Angkor. These ruins are impressive, even though not well taken care of and not restored. Images of...

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Laos 2006

Feb 12, 2006 - Mekong cruise

Our progress upstream was slow. The scenery consists of those green river banks and sand spits. We spent the time on board counting the islands, sleeping and eating the excellent Lao food. The cook was very good. We went ashore to see more villages (!) and the highlight was going to the ruins of Oum Moung in the jungle, a 9th century Khmer temple that predates Angkor Wat. Its main charm is stumbling on these ruins in the middle of the jungle, where great slabs of laterite protrude from the undergrowth here and there. There is probably a...

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Laos 2006

Jan 27, 2006 - Wat phu Champasac

Wat Phu Champasac is the main "site" of Laos as a Khmer temple anterior to Angkor. Much smaller its main appeal is the tranquil surroundings, lovely access through small villages and trees shaded path. Nice. Toujours bases a Pakse et toujours en mobylette, nous somme parti visiter Wat Phu Champasac (pas reussi a placer a qui que ce soit que je me nommai Champagnac...) Pagode Khmer classee patrimoine historique de l'unesco, decouvert il y a un peu plus de 10 ans dans la campagne et restee pratiquement comme tel. Serenite.

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Dec 20, 2005 - Memories of Angkor in Southern Laos

The longest busride on this journey so far and the first one overnight made me arrive weary, tired and curious in Champasak this morning. I thus jumped over all of the middle of Laos to be amongst the 4000 island in the Mekong on time for Christmas - the ideal spot to celebrate this and a place, where I will meet again lots of people I've met on the road so far... I did stop here in Champasak though to take a brief look at Vat Phou, the 'Mountain Temple', one of the biggest and most atmosspheric Khmer temples outside of Cambodia, dating for...

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Axel in Asia

Dec 14, 2005 - Southern Laos: Champasak and Tadlo Resort

14-18 DEC: IN WHICH MR T PUTS THE 'TRAVEL' IN TRAVALOGUE: WE LEFT HIM ARRIVING IN PAKSE... Now I have a problem: I'm knackered after no sleep, I have no idea where I am and have not even got my feet on terra firma before I have tuk-tuk drivers in my face. It is very hard to observe the golden rule in these parts of never losing your temper. I say I have no idea where I am but that is just stupid cos I specifically asked when booking the ticket, where will I be dropped. I even marked it on the map. It took me a good 15 minutes to twig -...

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Nov 3, 2005 - Laos - Champasak, Don Khong and Don Det

An hour south of Pakse is a town called Champasak, where most of the above pictures were taken. You wouldn't know it to go there now but it was once the site for a major pre-Ankgkor culture. The remains, high on a hill overlooking the town are skeletal and fragile but it's wonderfully atmospheric to be there, hinting as it does at a lost empire. The town itself was little more than a dirt track lined with wooden shacks. Children run out into the road waving and shouting "Sabaai-dii, Sabaai-dii" in high voices, sounding like birds. Further...

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