Nang Malong and thao Bajiang, a classic romance, love querrel, heart breaking legend about a young lovers whom decide their own fate and dishonored the families by going against the arranged marraige. As a Champasak born person i've heard many versions of nang Malong and thao Bajiang. Some said that Thao Champasak was a young handsome prince of nakorn Champasak(Champasak kingdom) and nang Malong was a commoner while others completely disagree and believe nang malong was a princess however, the main idea of the lengend linked and share the same ending.
The places were name after this myth. Bajiang became phu(mountain) bajiang set oppositely across phu Malong on the Pakse side of the mekong. Phu sa laow(wines/drinks mountian) in ban sa laow(sa laow village) was name after Bajiang discovered that his bride to be had fleed with thao Champasak cancel the wedding and dumping all the wines and drinks. There's phu tom kai(chicken soup mnt). While on the run, Bajiang wasn't easily gaving up and determine to have nang Malong hand in marriage. he pursue agressive searched, some said he asked pha ya nak(king nagga) helping him looked and created some tidal waves to slow down if they were to travel by water. The following are places where nang Malong hidden ie: phu nang non(her sleep in mountian) was one of the places that nang Nang malong rest, don phagum(birth island) she gave birth to a boy, don deng(red island) yes, the sand in the water are still red from the blood washed at bitrth of her son. don nang loy(swimming away island) where she swam to getaway from Bajiang...etc.
Below is a version of nang Malong as a princess. yes, it's not all of my words. i preserve the original text with adding on some of mines...hahaha please enjoy!
Once upon a time in Champanakorn there was a king who had a beautiful daughter called Malong. Near the big city where they lived there were two tribes. One lived in the hills called the "Laothoeng" tribe, and one lived in the lowlands, the "Laolum" tribe.
When the king's daughter was of a marrigable age, two young men fell in love with her. Bajiang was the head of the Laothoeng poeple. He was very rich, but he was not good looking. Champasak was one of the Laolum people. He was very poor, but he was handsome, kind, and brave. More important, Princess Malong loved him. However, the queen wanted her daughter to marry the rich man, Bajiang. So she began to make plans for the wedding. Champasak was deeply in love with Malong, and he was heart-broken when he heard that she was going to marry Bajiang. So he set off, travelling southwards, wrapped up in his grief and thinking about Malong as he went along. Meanwhile, the day for the wedding was drawing near and Malong was also heart-broken. She tried to find a way to escape the arranged marriage to the man whom she did not love. Her heart was already given to young Champasak as they had many secret meetings and sharing their sweet loving. She can't bare to be with another man and wow many times in front of her parent that she would end her life if she has to sleep with that disfiquer only his mother would love Bajiang.
Bajiang's house was on the left bank of the Mekong. It took a day and a night's journey to get to Malong's royal palace. There was great rejoicing there among Bajiang's family because he was going to marry a rich and beautiful woman. Bajiang was saying to himself:
"How well I have done for myself. I will certainly become king one day."
Two days before the wedding, the groom's party set out on foot for the bride's palace, where final preparations were being made for a magnificent wedding feast. Very early in the morning, on the day that the wedding was due to take place, while it was still dark, a little door at the back of the palace was opened silently and a small figure appeared. It was Malong. She hurried southwards, hoping to catch up with Champasak and to escape from Bajiang forever.
When Bajiang and his party arrived at the palace, Malong was nowhere to be found, and when Bajiang discovered that she had run away from him to be with Champasak, he was overcome with sorrow. He decided to take his own life. At that place where he died there is a fine mountain. To this day, it is still called Bajiang Mountain in honor of the man who truly loved Malong and who lost her to the handsome playa.