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“Has a magical feel”
Review of Wat Phu

Wat Phu
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The religious complex of Vat Phou, a combination of Khmer architecture and Hindu religion, is located at the foot of Champasak mountains, with the Phou Kao (the sacred mountain with a natural form as a Linga - symbol of Gof Shiva). This complex was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstructions in the 12th and 13th centuries. Some inscriptions belonging to the fifth and sixth century AD do mention a sanctuary built on the hill, together with the foundation of the city, but this building has disappeared and was replaced by the religious complex that we see today. A museum and interpretative room should be visited on the site. Vat Phou is on the list of Unesco World Heritage since 2001. The archeological restauration/conservation of the site is managed by Vat Phou office. The tourism management is managed by Yingchokchai Company, which provides to the tourists quality services (shuttle, toilets, handicrafts shop, coffee shop, wifi, parking...).
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wat Phou, is completely different to the Angkor Temples.
Older and much more isolated, it has a magical feel about it. From the huge water features to the lower level male and female worship pavilions, (currently being restored)up the narrow steep steps to the small main temple with it's intricate carvings and inner (now) Buddhist sanctum, it is an amazing place, surrounded by jungle.
Has a much more intimate feel to it than the larger Wats in Cambodia.
Well worth the trip to experience

1  Thank saltsy372
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We have seen quite a lot of temples and sites on our trip through SE Asia and still thought this was well worth the visit. Every temple ruin has its own thing to offer. Alongside the fact that it is a quite substantial site (not as big as some we've seen, but still), we loved the beautiful frangipani trees lining the steps and some of the walkways. Here you are not allowed to walk in the actual ruins, but you still get a very good sense, specially as you start climbing higher (nothing too bad mind you). Try to go early to avoid not only the crowds but also the heat.
We had our own transport and did this as a half-day trip from Pakse.

Thank Caroline D
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

I recommend doing this for the day when you see Way Phu for the more intrepid traveller.It's what we did.
Go to Tomo temple, which is an amazing jungle temple which is being slowly reclaimed by the jungle but relatively intact. Then charter a boat down the Mekong to Way Phu, as there is usually a boat captain waiting around. Then get on a boat to Wat Phu. They drop you off about an hour down the Mekong. You then have to hitch-hike or pay a person to take you to Wat Phu for 5 kilometres, because its not walkable in such heat and with full backpacks. We got in the back of a ute.

Then see Wat Phu which is possibly the best temple that I saw in SE Asia. The views were amazing as well as the various features such as the spring and carvings in the rocks. Near the visitors centre also has one of the best bathrooms I ever saw in SE Asia

Then there is a local bus back to Champasak Town, You may be able to get back to Pakse if you ask around.

1  Thank Miksub5
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, do go early to avoid crowds and the heat. Stunning views as you climb to each new level and a really wonderful place for photos.

Please remember this is still a sacred place so dress accordingly, no shorts or vests, and I was shocked at the amount of Western script graffiti scratched into the stones....

Thank AnnaTallulah
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Go early!!! Get there before the crowds as the upper temple area is small. It was so lovely and peaceful early morning and the flowering trees looked lovely.

Thank Sardines10
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