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Vat Phou Temple

Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Address: Laos
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Description: 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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Well, more stones

It was a way of killing time as Pakse didn't have too much of excitements on offer. A temple and old stones, have you seen one... But it was interesting to see the repair work... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It was a way of killing time as Pakse didn't have too much of excitements on offer. A temple and old stones, have you seen one... But it was interesting to see the repair work in progress. This was actually what saved the day The museum, what a waste of time, more stones inside If you like old ruins it... More 

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Lahr, Germany
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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Bangkok, Thailand
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

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.

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NZ
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

One of the predecessors to Angkor Wat and a lot smaller, on a hillside facing east (of course) towards the river. As at June 2014 the two main temple sections are under restoration, the one on left by a combined UN team, that on right by an Indian team. A fair number of steep stairs if you want to get... More 

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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The archeological site is well looked after and has food, drink and toilets as well as a small museum. There is a bus (pay at ticket desk) to take you the kilometre to the start of the temple approach. A short level track and you are ready to start the climb. Luckily there are level terraces in between flights of... More 

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Dresden, Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The trip is as advertised. The program and the guide were just great. The food was abundant, authentic and delicious. The cabins are centrally air conditioned with no way to control the temperature or blower from inside the cabin. You will need the blankets they provide! Unfortunately, the bed is as hard as a rock - not comfortable at all.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you are already going to Pakse, to either Si Phan Don and/or en route to Cambodia, I would say it's worth it to see the ruins. However, if you are not heading to southern Laos for those reasons, I personally would not take a detour just to see these ruins if there is nothing else in southern Laos you... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Awesome place for archaeological buffs. The road southbound leads to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which is the sister monastic university in ancient times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We took it from the bottom of the Mekong in Southern Laos up to Pakse. What a great experience! Beautiful boat, extraordinary staff, amazing kitchen, and great itinerary. Had never been on or wanted to go on a cruise, but this is unique and special. Two old Khmer/Angkor period temples/ruins to visit, village life along the river. Amazing! Would like... More 

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