Laos is one of ASEAN countries which has a good relationship with Thailand for a long time. Laos is the country that well preserves virtuous culture and tradition and greatly begins to develop the economy. As Laos has long history, there are so many archaeological sites such as Vat Phou which is the holy place of the three ancient empires. Because of the beauty and the spiritual value, Vat Phou was then registered as the World Heritage Site.
If you go to Champasak Province, you should visit Vat Phou which its architecture of Kmer Empire is so striking. It looks like Preah Vihear Temple, but Vat Phou has a different background. The background is a mountain which its shape is similar to woman’s breast or woman with a bun. It is sometimes called Nom Sao Mountain. And the more popular name is Phu Klao. Above Vat Phou are mountains, but below is Mekong River.
These make the weather here quite cold. In the area of Vat Phou, there are 3 sets of stairs arranged by tiers until the sanctuary. When coming to this temple, we will see the palace built by Champasak Dynasty. There are steps passing square reservoirs. There are central palaces with 2 stupas aside and above the entrance are lintels carved with the story of Hinduism. Because of the beauty of Vat Phou, it was then registered as the World Heritage Site.
If you come to travel in February, you will see religious festival held within 3 days. Lao people from every province bring something to worship around principle Buddha image. On the third day, the monks go to receive alms. And at night, there is a rite which people walk with the lighted candles in hand around principle Buddha image.
If you want to visit Vat Phou, you can take a raft to cross the river. It is the convenient way to go and also gives you the view of Mekong River and another atmosphere of Laos. If you like Khmer art considered as the World Heritage Site in a small city rich of cultures, come to visit Vat Phou in Laos. It is certain that the holiness of Khmer art will make you impressed in ancient culture. You can take good pictures incessantly. And you will see beautiful nature well blending with Khmer art. It can make you recall many scenes in movies. This is the attractiveness of Laos that waits for you to come.