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“Angkor Wat in miniature”
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 May 7, 2014 via mobile

Best time to visit way phu is at the end of the day. We went there at 4pm and stayed until the gates close at 6pm. Its really nice to visit this site without too much tourists and enjoy the view from the top. To bad the government is not showing to much effort to preserve the old structures.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

A great witness of pre Angkorian Arccchitecture, only few visitors, nice barays.

But not worth a detour unless you are deeply interested in ancient architecture and religion.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

After visits to temples at Siem Reap it was good to see something different from a similar period, which at the time were connected. I particularly liked the museum here which had good descriptions of the artefacts.

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Reviewed April 4, 2014

The temple itself wasn't anything special, it's a kind of ruin with just enough intact to have something worth seeing but the view you get from the top looking back the way you came was great. The view is certainly worth coming for, the temple isn't that bad but if it wasn't for the view it wouldn't have been worth coming out the way for.

Thank Neil N
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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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