Wat Phu in lao's language means temple located in the mountain, but this temple is not like any ordinary temples that have been found in Laos.
It has unique features and its
structures are very similar to the Angkor
Wat in Cambodia.
Therefore, this temple is very unique, special and is a sacred place
for Lao people to pray and worship. People all over the country and
around the world come here to visit the site every day.
Located about 13km from
Champasak city's center and about 6km from the Mekong
river and part of the UNESCO
World Heritage list, Wat Phu
is one of the most amazing temples in Laos.
Every day tourists from over
the country and overseas visits the site regularly and the numbers are
ever increasing every year.
According to history, this
temple is believed to be built in the 5th century by Suryavarman II
(who was also responsible for the construction of Angkor Wat). Today
thistemple site has become the worship place of Lao people from all
over the country.
Usually in early February where
the frangipanis are in full bloom, there is a festival celebration
which draws a big crowd from over the country and Thailand
and last for 3 days. According to Lao calendar is on the full moon of
the third lunar month.
Festivities include children
fun rides, games, elephant racing, water buffalo and cock fighting,
music and dancing show.This is considered to be the biggest festival in
Champassak, so come and enjoy the fun.
to get there:
There are bus services going
there every day, but if you're hurry you can hire a Tuk-Tuk which only
takes 15-20 minutes to get there. If you're planning to take a bicycle
ride there, make sure you wear a hat as there is no shade along the
road. The temple is located only 13km southwest of Champassak city
center, the road is straight and sealed so cycling there is fun and
easy. There are plenty of shops along the roads selling food and drink.
A bicycle can be rented from the guest house for 5000 kip per day.
From 8:30am - 16:30pm
Entrance fee: 5000 kips
A brochure in English and French is available at the ticket office for only 5000 kips and it worths having one.
Where to stay:
In the city center near the
Fountain circle most of the guest houses are located near and around
that area. There are rooms start from 25 baths (Thai currency) to 125
baths. Rooms with air conditioning starting from US$17 to US$25.
Lao Development bank has a
branch in the city and they'll cash travellers cheques for $US.They
charge $US2 commission per note. If you cash Lao kip you receive
special rate without commission.
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