This tip concerns the amazing Wat Phou (also rendered Wat Phu / Pou) and it would be easy to run out of superlatives very quickly when trying to describe it. In my life I have been priveleged enough to have visited both Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma and, whilst not on the same scale, this place certainnly merits comparison with both. For...more
Well, this is a VT first for me. I have written so much in the main text box, I have exceeded the 10,000 character limit, so I will need to spread this over two tips. I make no apologies, the place really merits the coverage.If this tip is becoming boring and somewhat akin to an ancient history lesson, please feel free to leave now, but I would...more
The Angkor-period ruins. One of world heritage site by UNESCO.I went to the historical site "Wat Phu" by mortorbike and take a boat cross the river, starting from Pakse to KM 30 and then follow the sign to right hand site around 7 kms to the pier , take boat around 10 minutes and then riding about 10 kms to the place.The entrance fee is 30,000 kip...more
Champasak used to be an important commercial city in the past. So you can see some shophouses along the main street pararelled with river. Nowaday, the main city have moved to Pakse,so almost shophouses run down. Some changed to be a house and some ruins. When I was there I enjoyed to see all old buildings but felt sad if some 'll destroy.more
As I mentioned in the introduction, Champasak is a fairly sleepy little town and eating options are somewhat limited. I noticed that a lot of the local "noodle soup" type places were shutting up shop by about 1900 and there seemed to be few other options except the guesthouses. On the principle that it would be less far to travel home, I decided to...more
Unless you come by a very circuitous route, getting to and from Champasak will involve a crossing of the Mekong as the town sits on the West bank and the transport options are all centred on the East. I arrived in Champasak on a public jeep bus affair, where I counted 31 other souls, assorted poultry, a boxed TV set and apparently half of the...more
I love to see local crafts but don't enjoy to buy it,cuase I always found them on the way of backpacking. It 's hard to bring them a long my way. The handicrafts of Laos 's one interesting stuffs, you can buy them in old market. In Champasak, I found the small handicarfts shop at the roundabout of town. The stuffs 're ok, delicated and low price,all made by local.
What to buy: Tray,basket,...