The small village of Champasak is in the south of Laos, and people mainly stay to go and visit the nearby ancient temple comple of Wat Phu (or Wat Champasak). I thought I had stopped off in a kind of ghost town when I arrived off a local pickup truck from the town of Pakse, but there is a nice few guesthouses sitting alongside the river.
This morning, trying to set off before it got too hot (it was boiling by the time I got to the temple), I jumped on a bicycle and set out for Wat Phu. It was about 9km down a dusty road, passing through some tiny local villages, a good bike ride.
The templex complex is spread out running up into the hillside. Set on numerous levels, there is ponds at the bottom before 2 large temple buildings before a few sets of steps to the top of the hill, where the main temple is located next to a freshwater spring.
The locals leave little offerings at the temple, such as incense or these sets of flowers:
Finally here is the view back down the hill stretching to the river:
Labels: Buddhist, Champasak, Laos, Temple, Wat