Vat Phu-Champasak-Laos

Festivals & Celebrations Print
Festival of Vat That
It takes place twice a year in November (coinciding with the festival of That Luang in Vientiane)  and in May.

Festival of pirogues in Champasak – Boat racing
It takes place at the end of October (in 2010, the 22th October).The races take place on the Mekong river and the pirogues representing the villages compete against each other. The long dugouts of the temples are prepared and used for this event. The meaning of this festival is giving thanks to the spirits of waters, Nagas, for being generous and peaceful.

Festival of Kathin
It takes place in November. Gifts are made by the villagers and given to temples and monks.

Festival of Phavet
It takes place between November and May and lasts during 3 days and 2 nights.
The celebration honors the memory of a very generous prince, who gave all his possessions to people in need. His father then chased him away in the forest, but a while later the prince returned to the delight of the people. During this celebration period, the monks recite poems relating this story.


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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