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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

Feb 7, 2006 - Getting There (to Pakse, Laos)

This was a long trek from home: flights from San Francisco through Taipei to Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok (with a pause for a G&T at the Oriental), early morning flight to Ubon Ratchathani, drive to the border at Chongmek, meet our guide Vieng, get visas and drive to Pakse. At least there was somebody to meet us at every place at the right time. The small town of Pakse is the southern commercial center of Laos and our hub for exploring that part of the country. It was set up by the French as an administrative center, before that there was...

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Laos 2006

Feb 7, 2006 - Journey down South - Pakse and out ....

It's hot, hot, hot.... Just arrived back from my little jaunt down to the 4000 islands in south laos. It was quite an experience and definitely the slowest pace encountered since leaving home.......so update time! I arrived here in Pakse after a fairly uneventful flight from Vientiane; one thing worthy of a mention though was the vibrations of the propelled plane I was on. I don't think Apple took this into consideration when designing the ipod - i don't think they ever imagine vibrations so intense that they could actually distort the...

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Kim's Sabbatical

Jan 29, 2006 - Travel day north

Today we had to leave the island. Had a great time. Nicola had to convince me that we couldn't stay another day. I could've stayed for 10 days more! Caught a bus to the 'mainland' and then got squeezed into a truck. Because we were the last to arrive and there was no more room in the back - there was already about 30 people in the back - Nicola, another girl and me got to sit in the front. Still a bit squashy but much more comfortable. It was about 2 1/2 hours north to the town of Pakse. Pleasant journey. First thing we noticed about being...

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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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Jan 24, 2006 - Pakse by bus and taxi

Pakse (aka Pakxe) is one of those towns that always jumps out from the map when you look at southern Laos, as no doubt most of you are prone to do. It's an improbable combination of consonants at a position of geographic extremity. Naturally, at least one of us has always wanted to go there. It was an easy bus ride up from the 4,000 Islands. We rolled in to the bustling market area, chartered a taxi and went looking for accomodation. And wow, we weren't disappointed. We spent the first night at the swank Hotel Pakse, with clean sheets, a...

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The Globe and beyond

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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