In the South of Laos, on the west bank of the mighty Mekong, the Vat Phou ruins are a wonderful testimony of the past. Eight kilometers away from Champasak, this exceptional site is an ancient set of temples. Although Vat Phou was built as a Hindu temple, it is now used for worship by Theravada Buddhists since the XIII century. Vat Phou (or Wat Phu) is considered as the oldest

Our cruise boat, the Vat Phou, is named after the Vat Phou Temple ruins, which is the highlight tour of our Southern Laos Mekong River cruise. The Vat Phou (Wat Phu) Temple is an ancient temple pre-dating the Khmer Empire.  The ruins of the temple are located just a few kilometers outside of Champasak town, the capital of Champasak Province. The Vat Phou ruins are at the base of a

The Vat Phou Cruise has become familiar sight over the years for the communities along its route.  Most of staff on the Vat Phou boat are from the very towns and villages that the boat visits. We are grateful for the people and communities that have become a part of our company and helped to bring such memorable experiences to our guests. The Vat Phou Cruise hires local villagers from

Green season has arrived in Laos.  Flowering trees are in full bloom and the colors of this beautiful country are becoming more vibrant.  The climb to the top of Mt. Phousi in Luang Prabang is lined with dok champa trees full of the flower that Laos is so well-known for. This is the busy time in the life of the Lao village, especially for the farmers.  Soon they will be