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Aug 10, 2005 - Wat Phu and ferry ride across Mekong....
Back onto the bus to go to Vat Phu temple. Great transportation journey Lao bus to ferry over the Mekong (see boat construction above) into large tuk tuks over narrow brideges. Vat Pho Museum was nicely marked with narrative. Area was greatly influenced by Khmer in earlier times. Good warm up for the Cambodia trip later this week. Climbed up the stairs to the temples. Stairs were large gray stones shaped to fit togeather. Covered with moss. Fortunately it was not raining so they were "only" a little slippery. Saw my first aspara "gorgeous...Jump to full entry
Jul 1, 2005 - Champasak
On our way back up to Pakse we decided to indulge in a little bit of culture in order to make up for all the loafing we had been doing. With this in mind we paid a visit to Champasak. This Khmer temple site was supposedly built around the same time as Angkor Wat, and is seen as a taster for those who have yet to visit it's big sister in Cambodia. Armed with the guide book we set off round the site, trying to make out what everything was actually supposed to be in relation to what we read. As with many of the apparently important sites in...Jump to full entry
May 8, 2005 - Champasak - Can it get more laid back than this?
Our trusted Lonely Planet guidebook told us that the bus from Pakse to Champasak departed at noon. We wanted to be sure to have seats, so we flagged down a tuk-tuk a bit early and arrived at the Pakse Southern bus station by 11:30. The odd thing about the bus station was the troubling fact that we didn't see any busses there. The "station" is a large dirt field populated with vendors, a bunch of trucks, and a few permanent buildings. It really looks more like a market than a bus station. Our driver dropped us off next to a sawngthaew (a...Jump to full entry