PHOU ASA – The mysterious Hill Fort
ocated close to the village of Kiat Ngong and Kingfisher Ecolodge, Phou Asa is one of the most curious sites of Laos along with the mysterious Plain of Jars.
Phou Asa is made up of a set of towers which remind one of a fortified castle. They stand around 2 m high and are made of flat stones piled on top of each other forming an enclosure around a keep.
For the Lao people it is venerated as the ancient fortress of an Attapeu King, others have suggested they are some kind of ritual megaliths but as many others archeological sites in Laos the origins of the site remain an unsolved mystery.
There is now an interesting theory about Phou Asa history, you can read more here.
Close to the stone pillars it is also possible to see a Buddha footprint carved in a big rock.
Close to the village there is the biggest (700 ha) wetland area of the Xe Pian NBCA and most probably of Laos, even if your time is short it is worth paying a visit to this natural wonder.