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Wat Phu, Champasak Town

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History, art, and scenic views await at Wat 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wat Phu by using our Champasak Town trip planner.
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  • It’s a nice walk up to the main site, wonderful view, fresh air, lots of history and architecture. One could only imagine what a great thing that was built 700++ years ago It’s advisable to visit... 
    It’s a nice walk up to the main site, wonderful view, fresh air, lots of history and architecture. One could only imagine what a great thing that was built 700++ years ago It’s advisable to visit...  more »
  • Great ruins and little museum, but know what you are coming for. If you are looking for a complete wat and an easy walk to see it all, you are in the wrong place. The ruins give a nice historic... 
    Great ruins and little museum, but know what you are coming for. If you are looking for a complete wat and an easy walk to see it all, you are in the wrong place. The ruins give a nice historic...  more »
  • Wat Phu is well worth thetrip from nearby Champasak. We cycled and it was pretty straightforward. The site is not super extensive but was extremely quiet and therefore had a slightly mystical air... 
    Wat Phu is well worth thetrip from nearby Champasak. We cycled and it was pretty straightforward. The site is not super extensive but was extremely quiet and therefore had a slightly mystical air...  more »
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  • Amazing Hindu temple, oldest Khmer architecture in the world, from 4th century AD. Well restoration from UNESCO. Amazing view at the top. Great museum with lots of artifacts. Slightly dirty with litter as of everywhere in Laos. None the less,an amazing place to visit.
  • Holy blessing to visit WatPhu the Hinduism's architecture had been built in 2nd century. The top of vihara, there were dropped of holy water from mountain since 1,500 years ago, never dry, it was always dropped since 2nd century, it's believed that health, strong etc. when you drink holy water.
  • 3 months ago I was in Wat Angkor in Cambodia. Same structure as this. I think it is same ancient city. It is not so big as Wat Angkor, but I was happy to see it. My chance is that I meet a Mong group with tour Guy who has explained us about the ancient city of v vat phou. I want to thank the guys for their recommendations.
  • Very impressive. So beautiful old temple. Very lucky to visit here.
  • Amazing temple and worth the time to climb up , loved the view up there … bring water!!!!

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