Sights and sounds of the annual Vat Phou Festival in Champassak, Laos. This is the last year for my relatives to take a ferry across the river to be able to attend the festival. The new road is under construction and will be completed before the next festival in 2010.

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When attending Boun Vat Phou, it’s a tradition to have Khao Poon, Khao Larm (sticky rice in bamboo tube) and Ping Kai (grilled chicken), Tom Kai (chicken soup) with ant eggs for a meal. As for me, I would add Tam Maak Hoong to have with the grilled chicken.