Known for its diverse landscapes and ancient architecture, Laos offers a fascinating array of cultural attractions. To explore its well-preserved heritage, we suggest you visit the Vat Phou Temple, listed as a World Heritage Site since 2001.
Built between the late 10th and early 11th centuries, Vat Phou (which means "temple mountain" in Lao) stands at the foot of Phou Kao mountain, offering breathtaking views over the Mekong and Champassak province. Originally created to honor the Hindu god Shiva, the site became a Buddhist monastery in the 13th century.
Many religious ceremonies still take place in the sanctuary today, including one of the country's biggest festivals, the Vat Phou Festival. Three days of festivities combining Buddhist celebrations and popular joy! The temple of Vat Phou perfectly preserves Laotian cultural and historical values.