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Address: Laos
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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I Returned to Laos Just to Visit Wat Phou Temple

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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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 4, 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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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Laos
Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Champasak Province
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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