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Wat Phu

| Champasak District, Champasak Town, Laos
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Wonderful day's outing from Paske

We checked out of our hotel with the day to kill before getting on the night bus back to... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Julie D
Worth the trek up the hill

This is a completely different temple to the Buddhist ones seen around Laos. It was built as a... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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The religious complex of Vat Phou, a combination of Khmer architecture and Hindu religion, is located at the foot of Champasak mountains, with the Phou Kao (the sacred mountain with a natural form as a Linga - symbol of Gof Shiva). This complex was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstructions in the 12th and 13th centuries. Some inscriptions belonging to the fifth and sixth century AD do mention a sanctuary built on the hill, together with the foundation of the city, but this building has disappeared and was replaced by the religious complex that we see today. A museum and interpretative room should be visited on the site. Vat Phou is on the list of Unesco World Heritage since 2001. The archeological restauration/conservation of the site is managed by Vat Phou office. The tourism management is managed by Yingchokchai Company, which provides to the tourists quality services (shuttle, toilets, handicrafts shop, coffee shop, wifi, parking...).
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| Champasak District, Champasak Town, Laos
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We checked out of our hotel with the day to kill before getting on the night bus back to Vientienne. We hired some scooters (only $10 AUD each) and went to Wat Phu for the day. It was easy to find the Wat, even though...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This is a completely different temple to the Buddhist ones seen around Laos. It was built as a Hindu temple, apparently before Ankor Wat. The location is great and the ruins well worth the trek in the heat. Go right up to the spring at...More

Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We have taken a guided tour to this place. We were glad we did. As this place is full of history and stories. We spent half a day in this area and it's worth it. Pls wear proper shoes as the hike to the top...More

Thank EastmeetsWestAB
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful ancient temple. Same Khmer architecture but much smaller than Angkor Wat. The scenery here is terrific and very quiet. Only takes 2 hours walking all around this temple.

Thank jeff a
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Amazing place to visit - beautiful place to walk around and so much history at your finger tips - well Worth spending 2 hrs

Thank jdreyfus
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is an amazing temple remains, dating back to before Angkor Wat but by the same empire (hence the similarities in construction and style). Go very early morning (before sunrise) to watch the community wake up around the temple - vendors carrying their wares to...More

Thank Chetan M
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We went here with our own motorbike. Arrived before sunrise. Entrance was closed, but on the left there was an entrance for staff. There was no one else, so really quiet. It's much smaller than Ankhor Wat, but I really liked it. We payed on...More

Thank Backpackertje
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The most cultural attraction site in the South of Laos. Oldest Angko wat in Cambodge. in Mach, lao people around the country come to pray.

Thank Phouma P
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Interesting place for those into Khmer culture and history. Has ties with Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Or just enjoy the views...

Thank rdebode
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Wat Phu Champasak is a truly wonderful site to visit. It's protected by UNESCO for good reasons. The combined beauty of the architecture and the natural setting is just fabulous. IN addition to the architecture, there are reservoirs,, there's a water fall, forest, views, rock...More

Thank Maxime L
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Response from Ondra B | Reviewed this property |
I will try... :-) 1. Good idea, hotels do it if you stay with them afterwards. Otherwise they charge a fee. 2. The best is to rent a motorbike if you are an independent traveler. I consider tours to be too expensive but... More