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Vat Phu, Champasak Town

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History, art, and scenic views await at Vat Phu, World Heritage-listed temple ruins with roots dating back to the 5th century. The hilltop Khmer Hindu site offers excellent vistas of the Mekong River and surrounding nature. The original temple dated from the 5th century, but was later destroyed; the current structure dates back to the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries. Take notice of the detailed workmanship visible in the architecture and interior, including intricate lintels, a cliff face Buddha footprint, and boulders carved to resemble elephants and a crocodile. As you explore the complex you will also find a natural spring, believed to produce holy water. Before you head to Champasak Town, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Champasak Town travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Champasak Town has to offer, including Vat Phu.
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Where to stay in Champasak Town

Champasak's only main street in Champasak plays home to most of the area's accommodations. This street stretches on either side of the town's fountain, and runs along the river. Lodgings range from basic homestays and guesthouses to more upscale resorts and hotels. You shouldn't have trouble finding a place to stay in Champasak, unless you come during the Wat Phu Champasak Festival in late January and early February. If all options in town happen to be full, look for more accommodations in the nearby town of Don Daeng.
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  • Worth a visit, very impressive temple built in the khmer style of Angkor Wat. listed in UNESCO world heritage site. It was wet on my day visit but still nice to give it a go  more »
  • Well worth hiring a motorbike to get yourself there from Pakse by crossing the bridge in Pakse near the stadium to the Western side of the river, keep driving about 5 kms till you pass through what ap...  more »
  • How eloquent must I be to outdo the magnificence of the ancient temple? Even if you are not a historical site seer you are still under obligation (it's the pact you made with gods on another life) to ...  more »
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  • Visited the temple today and was really disappointed to see that its full of garbage. It can be a beautiful place if the locals will keep it clean. Unfortunately, they didn't. I expected more from a site that is UNESCO protected. It's not as impressive as Angkor Wat, but it is a nice place for a few hours trip.
  • 40 mins from Pakse via rented van with Laotian Thai-speaker driver. One of the landmark in Champasak. Khmer-style temple marked as an UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Wat Phu is a Khmer Historical site, approximately 49 kilometres South West of Pakse. Travel time from Pakse is around one hour and is an easy run on a motorbike, across the bridge and down the western bank of the Mekong. There is plenty of signposting on the way but if you’re in doubt just use the Google maps tracker. The historical site is approx. six kilometres back from the river and tucked in against Phou Khao (mountain). Once you arrive at the carpark you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well set up the site is. There is an entrance area with the obligatory entry fee to pay plus a nice restaurant and souvenir shop. The entry fee is about USD 5 which includes a tuk-tuk ride along a grassy track between the Barrays. The distance from the entrance to the drop off point is roughly two kilometres. However there is little shade on the way so if you decide to walk, be prepared to perspire. The approach to the historical site itself is by way of a cobblestoned path which is flanked by evenly spaced metre high columns. This wide pathway is the approach to the palace ruins. If you’ve visited other Khmer sites in Cambodia or Thailand the similarities in building construction and art work are easily identifiable as one gets closer. The two opposing stone buildings are the North and South palaces with both being in various states of disrepair. Beyond the palaces is another stone pathway leading up to the seven sandstone terraces. At the top of the terraces is a sanctuary with some Khmer/Hindu carved figurines, similar to those seen at Angkor, on the outer wall corners. Within the sanctuary are a number of Buddha statues adding some colour to the rustic grey and brown hues of the sandstone. Behind the sanctuary are some interesting features. Directly to the rear is a flat granite cliff face with a number of small freshwater springs trickling out from the overhang. Along the base of the cliff a small track leads off to the right and ascends to a little plateau where a large footprint has been carved into the smooth face of the cliff. Apparently it is a representation of the Buddha’s foot. Dropping back down to the grassy flat area just behind the sanctuary, another trail leads off to the left where more rock carvings can be seen. The first and most imposing is that of an elephant, carved into a boulder almost the same size as a full sized tusked behemoth. Another flat rock has a depiction of a crocodile carved into it. The crocodile stone has acquired some notoriety as being possibly the site of an annual human sacrifice described in a sixth century Chinese text; the identification is lent some plausibility by the similarity of the crocodiles dimensions and those of a human. After taking some time to view the sanctuary and the surrounding stone carvings some nice photos can be taken from the edge of the plateau, looking out over the ruins and Barrays.
  • When i went to Wat Phuu on the beginning Dec , still remained with green around there.. I feel that a color of old stone inside the green is better beauty than dry season. 2016-12
  • It took us about 1 hour from Pakse via Motorcycle. Beautiful scenery alone the way. There were only about 5 people in the park while we stayed 4 hours. A must visit site in southern Laos I would said. Best to avoid crowd if one can.