A ride to the temple with no brakes

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A Wat in Champasak

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)

We arrived into Champasak after a 5 hour trip from Don Det involving a canoe ride, sawngthaew trip, ferry crossing and finally a short distance on a tuk tuk. We were feeling pretty exhausted, but we were also keen to get out and see the nearby Wat Phou Champasak.

After checking into a hotel, we ordered a sandwich in the attached restaurant, as we believed this would be a quick option. After 30 minutes there was no sign of the food, so we enquired after it and found they had forgotten about us, even though we were the only ones in the restaurant. A further 30 minutes passed, now an hour in total, and there was still no sandwich, so we asked again.

Me with an elephant carving at Wat Phou Champasak
Once more they had forgotten! How is that possible? I was pretty pissed off to be quite frank, but that's the level of service you should expect in restaurants in Laos!

Annoyed and hungry, we left the restaurant and hired some bikes and began peddaling along the scenic 7km stretch of road. It soon became apparent that neither of our bikes had brakes that worked, which made the journey interesting, to say the least!

We arrived in the late afternoon and walked between two ponds that led up to the ruins. They were very similar to previous Angkor ruins, which was not really what we had been expecting. We climbed the mountain to the top temples, which also offered wonderful views across the countryside and ruins below. Another interesting feature at the summit, was a large rock with an elephant carving, where people go to leave offerings. As the sun began to set, we made our way down the mountain and rode back to Champasak town.

The following day Julia was feeling very sick, a result of a dodgy spring roll from the day before (we think), so we didn't catch our intended bus to Pakse. After some lunch and a walk through the pretty main street - and basically only street - of the former Kingdom of Laos capital, we decided that we would try and make it to Pakse afterall. A tuk tuk journey, short ferry crossing and mini van ride later and we had arrived.

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A Wat in Champasak
A Wat in Champasak
Me with an elephant carving at Wat…
Me with an elephant carving at Wa…
A view from the top of Wat Phou Ch…
A view from the top of Wat Phou C…
Approaching Wat Phou Champasak
Approaching Wat Phou Champasak
Wat Phou Champasak
Wat Phou Champasak
Wat Phou Champasak
Wat Phou Champasak
Julia at Wat Phou Champasak
Julia at Wat Phou Champasak
Carvings at Wat Phou Champasak
Carvings at Wat Phou Champasak
A view from the top of Wat Phou Ch…
A view from the top of Wat Phou C…
Champasak
photo by: Stevie_Wes