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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 »
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  • Good time to visit is in raining season between June to October because it's nice and green moreover not so hot. It's about 40 minutes ride from Pakse and very easy ride. Be prepared for some hiking up and down, gonna be rather exhausted. Entrance fee 20,000 kip for lao 50,000 kip for foreigner
  • Amazing architectural evidence of the proto-Khmer civilization in Southern Laos, bucolic rural Laotian country side view

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