Vat Phu

Highly recommended
The most spectacular Khmer temple in Laos has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. It was built in the early 11C on the west bank of the Mekong in honour of Shiva. The complex stands in a superb natural setting, extending across seven terraces in the shade of frangipane trees. It follows an east-west axis between the river and the Phu Kao, a sacred mountain whose phallic shape resembles that of the Shiva lingam. The sanctuary, reconsecrated to Buddhism in the 13C, remains a place of great veneration.

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50000 kips

Opening hours

8am-6pm (museum 4.30pm)

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Five must-sees of Laos

Mysterious and cut off from the rest of the world for many years, Laos is justly proud of its contrasting landscapes, dotted with caves, waterfalls and temples. Welcome to the Land of a Million Elephants !