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Khmer temple complex dates back to the 10th-14th centuries and offers...

Khmer temple complex dates back to the 10th-14th centuries and offers magnificent views.

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Beautiful Detour

We stopped in Champasak to visit Vat Phou on the way back from 4000 islands. I would recommend scheduling a day trip from Pakse rather than staying in remote Champasak. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After Climbing All Those Steps at the Wat Pho UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Reward is This Small but Amazing Temple Covered with Impressive Designs. Currently, It is An Active Buddhist Shrine and Is Filled with Offerings of Flowers and Incense.

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Seattle, Washington, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in Champasak to visit Vat Phou on the way back from 4000 islands. I would recommend scheduling a day trip from Pakse rather than staying in remote Champasak. The ruins and museum are great. Go early or late, as it can get very hot with little shade. Admission is up 50,000 kip per person and tuk tuks cost... More 

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Godstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The site is a million times smaller that the temple complex at Angkor but is still very enjoyable. There is a museum to see near the entrance, and opposite the museum you can hop on a golf buggy type vehicle to take you the lower complex before climbing a number of steps to the upper complex. Unfortunately the temples are... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This isn't on the road map for most tour groups, so it is a pleasant climb and stroll through some very old Khmer that are meticulously being reassembled.

Thank mesentericmuse
Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This striking angkor era temple is situation on the side of a mountain and when you walk to the top you can see sweeping views of the plains below, all the way to the Mekhong river. An electric car drops you to the start of the long stone walkway and you walk past some old ponds to the first buildings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

we depart as morning as possible from city but when we arrive its like noon already. the road to there so dessert, like i didn't see many tree. its bit pricrier, but offcourse foreigner pay more. from unloaded we must walking in the sunshine weather, so hot.. then up and up until the peak where we can see the nice... More 

Thank majestic317
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I visited Laos with my two nieces and a friend in May 2010 and we were able to spend some time in Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Pakse. Our plan was to visit Wat Phou Temple but when trying to book our bus ride to Vietnam we learned that the VIP bus was not available on our intended day... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The riverboat cruise ship offered by Mekong Cruises doing the tour along the southern Lao Mekong visiting Vat (Wat) Phou is billed as luxury but it is not at all luxury except for the price ! It is an older boat that has seen better days. While the lounge area, restaurant and bar are OK the rooms are small, dirty... More 

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Lahr, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Highly recommendable 2.5 days cruise, on the Southern Laos part of the Mekong river. The Wat Phou Cruiseship is relatively luxury and a perfect, relaxing way to approach Laos and the relaxed way of living there. We started our cruise in Pakse (you don't need to remember this ugly city!) and arrived in Wat Phou in early afternoon. The Wat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We spent one night in Champasak to see Vat Phou and we weren’t disappointed. After visiting Angkor Wat, it was refreshing to wander through a temple complex without all the crowds. Although the site is not as well preserved as the Khmer ruins in Angkor, it was fascinating nonetheless. We have posted some additional thoughts as well as photos on... More 

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