Temple, museum and ruins of Vat Phou
The Vat Phou Temple, also called Wat Phou or Wat Phu in Laotian, was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001.
Vat Phou complex rises on the banks of the Mekong River, between a stream and mountain Phu Kao, with a geometric shape perfect using natural elements such as axes. This city pre-angkoriana expresses the Hindu vision of the fusion between man and nature and is one of the best examples in the development of the Khmer civilization Laos during the V to the 15th.
Vat Phou: Angkor Temples Pakse
The Vat Phu shrine ruins include a extension of 1.5 km, with a height at the end of 100 metres. From the highest point of Wat Phou, the perspective of this temple of Pakse, reminiscent of the nearby Temples of Angkor in the city of Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Information Vat Phou
Visit to Vat Phou consists of a visit to the Museum and a walk by the remains of Vat Phou. Structures that make up Vat Phou can divirse in 5 groups: the main complex, the terraces, the sanctuary, Brook sacred and Hindu remains.
The museum of Wat Phu
Access to the grounds of Wat Phu, in the same place where the box office is located we have the Museum of Wat Phu. This museum is relatively modern and small, where sculptures, engravings and Wat Phu archaeological remains can be seen.
The main complex of Wat Phou
Without a doubt the most beautiful part of all Vat Phou is the complex of Wat Phou. Upon arrival we found a artificial lake, which represents the ocean. The road is marked by a row of posts in stone with beautiful engravings.
After leaving behind the row of poles of rock, we have 2 rectangular buildings and a central courtyard. Even if you don't know for sure, thought that these buildings had a religious function and that a building was designed to accommodate men and other building women.
The row of stone posts ends at the foot of Phu Kao Mountain, where they begin to climb the stairs to the top of the Vat Phou complex.
The terraces of Vat Phou
After crossing the rows of stone posts, we have stairs that lead us to the terraces of Vat Phou. These terraces are formed by rows of form elongated in different layers of height, which in ancient times were flanked by buildings on both sides, unfortunately these buildings collapsed. Only they can be seen engraved in stone sandstone of the goddess Shiva dating back to the 11th century.
The Shrine of Vat Phou
After climbing the stone stairs and cross the terraces of Wat Phu, we find a small building with 3 doors which is the shrine of Vat Phou. The central door is a Buddha image where to this day, people keep coming to pray at this altar.
Wat Phu remains in Hindu and stone sculptures
The most modern buildings of all Vat Phou are located to the North of the complex Vat Phou. Next to these Buddhist buildings we can find some beautiful carvings in stone of the 13th century that have the shape of elephants, crocodiles and snakes.
Opening hours and entrance fee at Vat Phou
Vat Phou: visiting hours
The complex Vat Phou is Open every day of the week from 8:00 to 18:00 without interruption. Vat Phou Museum closes before the complex, Museum hours are from 8:00 to 16:30.
Ticket price at Vat Phou
To enter the grounds of Vat Phou, it is necessary to buy entry are valid for 1 day. Tickets can be bought directly at the ticket office of Vat Phou, the entrance fee is 35,000 kip per person (approximately 3€).
Tourist Guide to Vat Phou
In the grounds of Vat Phou, it is possible to hire the services of a tour guide by 100,000 kip by Group (aprox 9€) for the Museum, Wat Phu, 200,000 kip per group for the Nang AIDS and Tao Tao temples, only 400,000 kip per group for Muang Kang pagoda and Temple Tome.
More information on the official website of Vat Phou: vatphou - champassak.com
Transportation to Vat Phou: how to go to Vat Phou?
The temple and ruins of Vat Phou are 40 km south of Pakse, about 6 km from the Mekong River. There is no regular line or not public transport buses to go to Vat Phou, the only alternative is the shuttle from Pakse.
In the city of Pakse rent a scooter can be for 60,000 kip per day (approximately 6€) or hire a mini bus or van. As a more luxurious option, they are the cruises on the Mekong.
Vans or mini-buses are tourist, not being able to hire only the transportation, but you need to hire a tour (either in Pakse tourist office or any local travel agency, for example Pakse Travel, next to the BFL Bank).
A whole day by Vat Phou tour usually cost 300,000 kip (approximately 28€), price which includes the transportation of return to Pakse, Vat Phou entrance, food and a ride on elephant in the village of Ban Kietkhong.