Wat Xieng Chai
One of Muang Sing’s most notable temples, the 200-year old Wat Xieng Chai is a place to visit if you want to learn more about the region’s culture and religious beliefs.
Located near the Muang Sing’s Morning Market is Wang Xieng Chai, a temple with majestic design and architecture — elegant multi-tiered roofs, and decors in shades of gold in red. The main sanctuary of the temple is a must see — from the main aisle, you can see colourful weaved banners containing prayers hang from the ceiling, walls filled with paintings that depict religious scenes, and red columns decorated with silver lace. The temple and its surroundings are very serene — a feature that makes it a great place for meditation.
Wat Xieng Chai is located at Ban Xieng Chai, Muang Sing, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple is open from 8:30 to 16:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance 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 centre, hire a tuk-tuk to take you to Wat Xieng Chai.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
For sightseeing and meditation, spend at least an hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning, preferably from 8:30 to 10:30.
For meals, tourists can proceed to the Morning Market where they can see several restaurants such as Phou Iu II Restaurant, Thai Lu Restaurant, Baituey Restaurant, and Lao Pizza.
- Muang Sing Museum
- Ethnic Group Villages
- Nam Keo Waterfalls
Cheng Jue Teng Hotel, Bannavong Guesthouse. Dannue 2 Guesthouse and Phou Iu Bungalows II are some of the nearby hotels that offer accommodations starting USD 20 to USD 60.