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Vat Phou Temple

Laos
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Khmer temple complex dates back to the 10th-14th centuries and offers magnificent views.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Khmer temple complex dates back to the 10th-14th centuries and offers magnificent views.
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148 reviews 148 reviews
43 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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