Wat Phou

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Trip End May 19, 2009


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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The ride up from Don Deth was annoying! First of all they they told us to be ready by 1040, but the boats didnt even arrive until 1110, and then when we got across the river along with about 50 other tourists, there was only oe small minivan waiting for us, so of course w had to sit out in the scorching heat and wait while they tried to figure out where the other minivans were. But alas, we were off by 1215. We were crammed into a non-AC minivan with about 17 people, but we were off. Thabnkfully the drive to Champasak, or rather the Campasak general vicinity, was only an hour and a half. When we arrived the driver said Champasak and just dropped us off, but to our dismay where he dropped us off wa not actually Champasak, but across the river from Champasak, because he didnt want to have to take us across the river and back because that would take to long, so instrad we had to fork over more money to get a boat across the river. It really wasnt that big of a deal, but it was annoying! What more could go wrong right, well then we got across the river and started heading into town only to find out that the boatman had actually delivered us to a town about 2-3 km upriver from Champasak instead of taking us there, so we began the hike. Thankfully we were met about half way by a tuk-tuk, and he took  us the rest of the way. After getting settled into our guest house, we grabbed the same tuk-tuk driver and had him  take us up to see Wat Phou. Wat Phou was an ancient Khmer temple that was built on a mountain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phou

We had a good time looking around for a few hours and it was extremely quiet there. We had missed all the earlier tours from Pakse by coming directly from Champasak and basing ourselves out of there. We did run into a girl who was about to start her first year of med school at Texas Tech, and that was kind of random, but other than a few local people there werent many tourists. That evening we ate at our guesthouse and met a couple of Kiwis who turned out to be quite entertaining, and w enjoyed an evening filled with fun stories and awkward twiching induced by the multitude of bugs that were attracted to the 3 lights in our general vicinity. Ahhhh... good times!
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