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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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  • The Rough Guide sais 'Wat Phou should be at the top of your southern Laos must-see list'. Yes, it's a nice place and there are no crowds like in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. But the lack of signd/informati...  more »
  • Those who visit Wat Phu and climbs up to the top level with the long and bumpy staircase, cannot but realize that the complex would deserve indeed would require a major renovation. In fact the feeling one receives is in a State of disrepair and danger. Many walls, doorways and carved friezes, are now somehow shut off and shored up. The complex is really important and beautiful and also for the economy of the area, in tourist key, is a reminder that should not be underestimated. Anyway, it's a must see for anyone travelling in Laos.
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  • Say that the same Angkor wat is inspired in this temple of the time Angkor located in laos fantastic location and although a little impaired this great
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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.