After arriving in sleepy Champasak, I readily asked my guest house’s owner if he could get me a motorcycle ride to
Tourist Information Center
Champa Restaurant (above and below)
Fried pork with garlic and pepper on rice: sinfully delicious (above and below)
Back at my guest house, my motorcycle ride was waiting for me. The driver was an amorous guy in his 60’s named Somphone. He was perky and would intermittently regale me with his French as though I’d find him a sophisticate for his special skill. Heavens bless him, but I didn’t care. I was told that the motorcycle tour would cost me 90,000 kip ($11.30) for a ride that starts and ends here and includes
Champasak Town's Ban Phapien road - Start of the journey to Tomo Temple (Uo Moung).
Petrol station in Ban Phapien
Another ride crossing the Mekong from Ban Phapien (west) to Ban Muang (east)
A bigger catamaran transports vehicles.
Women bathing and washing beside the Mekong
Pathoumphone Town Hall
Bad roads to the Tomo jungle
More bad roads
Tomo Temple or Uo Moung
Faces have been carved at the gopura which is unusual since most lingas don't have faces at all.
A white Sukhothai-style Buddha is in place at a building near the Tomo Temple ruins.
Wat Muang at the eastern side of the Mekong.(above and below).
It was time to head back west. We crossed the
Wharf at Ban Muang
Somphone, my French-speaking driver. The French biker was still on the boat.
The way to Tomo Temple.