Wat Namkeo Luang
Wat Namkeo Luang is known to be one of the most eye-catching, strikingly beautiful monasteries in the Muang Sing region.
Even from a distance, one can truly appreciate the intricate details that make Wat Namkeo stand out — looking bold in red and gold, the monastery’s boasts of a porch guarded by two golden serpent statues and a stupa which is unusually tall and ornate. Locals often visit the wat to get water from the shaduf-style water wells. Near Wat Namkeo Luang is a simple Lak Baan spirit totem — tourists are invited to view it but are strongly advised against touching it because doing so would cause serious offence.
Wat Namkeo Luang is located in the town centre, near the Muang Sing fort.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple is open from 8:30 to 16:30, daily.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is LAK 5000 (USD 0.60).
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Namtha via Laos Airlines.
- From Luang Namtha, take a bus to Muang Sing.
- From Muang Sing’s center, hire a tuk-tuk to take you to Wat Namkeo Luang.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
For a tour around Wat Namkeo Luang, 30 minutes is enough.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Wat Nam Keo Luang is between 8:30 and 10:00.
When it comes to meals, tourists can avail it from modest restaurants around town such as Baiteuy Restaurant, Qiaotuo Restaurant, and Xinjuan Restaurant and the famous Thai Lu Restaurant.
- That Xieng Tung
- Thai Lu Restaurant
- Tribal Museum
- Morning Market
Muang Sing’s nearby hotels such as Cheng Jue Teng Hotel, Bannavong Guesthouse. Dannue 2 Guesthouse, and Phou Iu Bungalows II offer accommodations starting USD 20 to USD 60.