Top things to do

Top Choice Ruins in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Wat Phu Champasak

Bucolic Wat Phu sits in graceful decrepitude, and while it lacks the arresting enormity of Angkor in Cambodia, given its few visitors and more dramatic natural setting, these small Khmer ruins evoke a more soulful r…
Ruins in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Uo Moung

The Khmer temple ruin of Uo Moung, beside a small tributary of the Mekong, is believed to have been built late in the 9th century during the reign of the Khmer King Yasovarman I. Its exact function is unknown, thoug…
Buddhist in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Bun Wat Phu Champasak

The highlight of the year in Wat Phu Champasak is this three-day festival, held as part of Magha Puja (Makha Busa) during the full moon of the third lunar month, usually in February. The central ceremonies performed…
Museum in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Wat Phu Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall near the ticket office showcases dozens of lintels, naga (mythical water serpents), Buddhas and other stone work from Wat Phu and its associated sites. Detailed descriptions are in English, plus …
Archaeological Site in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Muang Kao

Where the road to Wat Phu turns away from the Mekong, the remains of the Champasak's ancient city ('Muang Kao') begin. Founded in the mid-5th century by King Devanika and lasting for at least three centuries, there …
Archaeological Site in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Hong Nang Sida

An easy 2km walk to the south of Wat Phu – follow the signs from near the main gate – stands Nang Sida temple, which probably dates from the middle of the 11th century and might have been the central shrine for a se…