Vat Phu-Champasak-Laos

Champasak District Print
What else to do in Champasak?
The city of Champasak consists of a set of villages, bordered by the Mekong on one side and by rice fields on the other. The city is demarcated by the Champasak mountain range, of which the Vat Phou sacred mountain is part.

You will find along one of the two parallel ways to the Mekong, towards the south in the direction of Vat Phou, colonial houses built in the beginning of the XXth century. Of particular interest is a wooden house, occupied by the Lerici Foundation, that illustrates well the Lao traditional architecture of the XIXth century.

The two Champasak princely houses, which can be seen along the road, after the roundabout towards the southern direction, still belong to the descendants of the royal family.

More recent traditional wooden houses give a good insight of the original local architecture, consisting of lambrequins (pelmets) and carved wooden decorations.

Numerous temples punctuate the road in the direction of Vat Phou. Vat Thong, the golden monastery, shelters funerary monuments and graves of the Champasak royal family, in particular of the last King of Champasak, Chao Ratsadanay (1946). Many have the shape of a high pillar surmounted by a lotus bud.

At Sisoumang, also towards the south, along the Mekong river, a big colorful Buddha (XVIIIth or XIXth century) resting between two trees looks towards the Mekong river.
Each guesthouse has its own restaurant, and you will find other restaurants along the road.
In the northern part of Champasak, at the Mekong's edge, you will find a spa, in a traditional Lao house, where you can experience traditional spa treatmentsusing 100% natural products (





Smoke-Free Area

Sights from Vat Phou

Hours & Admission

Open everyday:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm for the site
- 8:00 am 4:30 pm for the museum
(Ticket fee includes site entrance, museum entrance and electric car service.)

50 000 LAK

for Lao people: 20 000 LAK 


Possibility of visiting the site outside opening hours.
More details at: Hours & Admission.


This website has been produced within the framework  of French – Lao Cooperation Project: " Priority Solidarity Funds -  Vat Phou Champasak: Enhancement and development of the historical and cultural site".


Ministry of Information and Culture
Head Office of Heritage
Management Office of Vat Phou-Champasak





Ministry of Foreign Affairs
French Embassy in Laos
Cooperation and Culture Office