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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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  • Nice site, but to really do in the early morning. I made the ascent to the temple between 12 and 14 hours under a sweltering heat, although this is done in the shadow of the frangipaniersce was quite difficult for me being not at all sports and especially small (markets are uneven and some are very high). and I was disappointed with what I found at the top...
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  • A taste of Angkor Watt. Don't miss this site, it will delight you especially at the sunrise... The ascent to the temple is a bit difficult, but don't deprive yourself of the view.
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  • Essential visit if you're on Champasak; to better understand Angkor preferably be on site before 9: 00 a.m. (heat bearable and beautiful lights)
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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.