Welcome to Wat Phu World Heritage Area
A visit to the ancient Khmer religious complex of Wat Phu (ວັດພູຈຳປາສັກ) is one of the highlights of southern Laos. Stretching 1400m up the slopes of Phu Pasak (also known more colloquially as Phu Khuai or Mt Penis), Wat Phu is small compared with the monumental Angkor-era sites near Siem Reap in Cambodia. However, you know the old adage about location, location, location! The tumbledown pavilions, ornate Shiva-lingam sanctuary, enigmatic crocodile stone and tall trees that shroud much of the upper walkway in soothing shade give Wat Phu an almost mystical atmosphere. These, and a layout that is unique in Khmer architecture, led to Unesco declaring the Wat Phu complex a World Heritage site in 2001.
An electric cart shuttles guests from the ticket office area past the baray (ceremonial pond; nǎwng sá in Lao). After that, you must walk.