|Sunrise over the Mekong in Champasak Town.|
Deserted main road in Wat Thong.
A child and his toys, i.e. pebbles and stones.
Wat Amath is located at the village next to the central Ban Wat Thong.
I sat here last night listening to chanting monks.
Further afield, I entered the grounds of Wat Amath. I was here last night; sitting on these stairs, listening to the hypnotic chant of the monks. The door had been shut, but it won’t be long before the monks start their morning alms ritual.
The monks queue ahead after getting the "alms" and start praying or chanting for the villagers.
Wat Thong is the town’s most important temple. Also called Wat Nyutthitham, this temple is the repository of some royalty’s ashes. I saw a glimpse of one of its temples last night, but such visit provided an unflattering impression. After all, I was meant to see its main temple and ordination hall in broad daylight, instead of lurking in darkness. I wasn’t disappointed this time. With glistening floor and a sprawling hallway, the main temple looked royal, aptly illuminated in bright sunlight. This visit somehow is the rightful denouement to my adventures in Champasak Town.
Wat Thong aka Wat Nyuthitham
Main Temple of Wat Thong
A gigantic pig roaming around Wat Thong grounds.
Lake at the back of Wat Thong
Snail shells cover the grounds
The Mekong from my restaurant seat
Omelette over rice at 15,000 kip ($1.90)
Sunshiny Saythong Restaurant where I would be its first customer of the day (above and below).
Beauty abound in this sleepy Mekong town.