The old fashioned rickety Champassak ferry that carts passengers, motos and trucks across the Mekong between Champassak and Ban Muang don’t run much anymore. The recent completion of the spanking new road to Pakse along the west bank of the Mekong has drastically reduced the need for the car ferry. Time was when ferries would sit at the ‘dock’ (well 2 planks of wood between beach and ferry) until the boat was full before departing. These days 1 car or 3 motorbikes ought to be enough to provoke an instant departure!
It was a fascinating way to get across the river – albeit a slightly ramshackle and for the more fainthearted a slightly worrying affair but it worked! (They’re actually just three old boat hulks tied together with wooden planks on top and an engine stuck on top!)
Sadly can’t see it lasting much longer – motorbikes and passengers can take smaller, faster boats and cars, trucks and tourist buses to or from the nearby Wat Phu, UNESCO World Heritage site, use the new direct road to Pakse.
It was fun while it lasted! The Champassak ferry crossing was part of our Southern Cambodia, Emerald Triangle tour,