In Laos‘ “Deep South” lies a collection of stone structures and steps that rise up a hill. Structures of the Khmer era, most famous for the archeological sites surrounding Siem Reap, Cambodia, with its crown jewel, Angkor Wat. The good folks at UNESCO saw the need to deem the Lao equivalent a World Heritage Site, hence putting Wat Phu Champasak on the map.
Wat Phu is not necessarily an easy place for visitors to get to. For me, it was a songthaew ride from the biggest city in the deep south, Pakse, followed by a boat to the town of a Champasak, which was nearly devoid of foreigners. From there, a lengthy bike ride to reach the site, which, while impressive, is rather underwhelming after experiencing Angkor.
Though, generally speaking, Laos did pretty well on the “Chinglish” front, this sign greeted visitors at the park entrance:
Yes, “Sales Ticket.” The backwards phrase paired with that charming cart were just begging for a photo! Now, the good news is that elsewhere throughout the site one did not encounter any more backwards English! Maybe the UNESCO folks handled those…