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Wat Chomkeo Manilat

Wat Chomkeo Manilat is one of Huay Xai’s most beautiful Buddhist temples that also offers a stunning view of the majestic Mekong River.

Best visited during the day, Wat Chomkeo Manilat’s serene surroundings make it a perfect place for anyone who wants to meditate, relax, or simply observe the busy town of Huay Xai. The temple is a sight to behold — not only is it one of the most colourful, most elaborately designed temples you will see in the Northern Province, it also has immaculate, well-kept temple grounds frequented by monks and locals. It’s still possible to enjoy the place past 17:00 — aside from enjoying a stunning view of the Lao sunset, you can also help the monks improve their English proficiency by attending their English classes that start at 19:30.



Wat Chomkeo Manilat is located at the main street of Huay Xai, Laos.


Opening Days and Hours

Temple can be accessed anytime.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to the temple is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly from Vientiane to Huay Xai via Lao Airlines.
  • From Huay Xai Airport, take a tuktuk to the town centre.
  • From the town centre, walk all the way to Wat Chomkeo Manilat.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

You can spend an hour in the temple. You can opt to stay longer if you want to join in the English class for monks.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Best time to visit the temple is during the early morning and in the late afternoon where you can get an amazing view of the sunset.




Huay Xai is filled with restaurants that serve sumptuous dishes ranging from vegan meals to gastronomic meat menus. Dining options include Terrasse Restaurant and Chill Place, Dream Bakery, Muang Neur, Tavendeng Restaurant, and Bar How.


Nearby Attractions

  • Fort Carnot
  • Gibbon Experience
  • Project Kasjiab



Hotels located near Wat Chomkeo Manilat offer accommodations at rates ranging from USD 20 to USD 150. Choose from Sawadee Homestay, Oudomsin Hotel, Riverside Huay Xai, and Hompho.

*Banner image is a generic photo and not an actual photo of the attraction.

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