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Wat Phu, Champasak
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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. Before you head to Champasak, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Champasak travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Champasak has to offer, including Wat Phu.
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  • Walk all the stairs up, totally worth it. The view is spectacular! And the way up is quite cool as well with really beautiful trees!:) 
  • This temple is the cradle of civilization Kmer, well before Angkor in Cambodia. These ruins date back to the 9th. century it are impressive. Many explanations in the Guide routard, to name it
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  • We visited the site after dark, almost solo. The silence and the faint light increases the charm, recreating the atmosphere of mystery of the temple
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  • Very interesting and great that you can just wander around
  • It was fairly easy to get to the temple from Pakse. I hired a motorbike to get there, and all the roads were paved. It wasn't hard to find at all. There was a nominal entrance fee, and the site was extremely well maintained.
  • Beautiful temple complex in Champask well worth the visit. The spring at the top and the different stone carvings are interesting
  • Nice place. Pretty steep steps up to the tempel. Wish I brought my paraglider along. No problem to launch, soare and XC-flying there.
  • If you come to Pakse, Champasak Province, don't miss Wat Phu, a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. This is one of the great places you shouldn't miss. It's wonderful view and you will appreciate the temples.