Majestic stairways lead tourists from the main road to the beautiful Phu That Stupa, a historically significant landmark that is considered the most prominent Vat in Oudomxay.
The tourist destination perched beautifully on top of a hill and considered as a symbol of the province of Oudomxay is popularly known as Phu That, a special temple where locals hold religious ceremonies and festivals every full moon. Believed to have been built during the 14th-century reign King Phachao Xaysetha Thirath, Phu That stands out among the rest of the temples thanks to its elegant stupa guarded by a gilded, golden Buddha. If you want to catch the beautiful Lao sunset after a day of walking and touring around villages, Phu That is the place to go.
Phu That Pagoda is located at Muang Xai, Oudomxay.
Opening Days and Hours
Phu That is open from 8:30 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee costs LAK 5,000 (USD 0.60).
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Oudomxay via Lao Airlines.
- From the airport, hire a tuk-tuk to take you to Phu That.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend at least one hour in Phu That.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Although the best time to visit Phu That is during the sunset, it could get a bit crowded. If you want to stay away from large groups, visit during the morning.
A variety of Lao, English, Chinese, and Korean dishes are served in various restaurants near Phu That. You can order meals and drinks from Souphaillins Restaurant, Siso Bakery, Muang Neua Restaurant, and from main road stalls which sell barbecue.
- Oudomxay Museum
- Mekong Elephant Park
- Nam Kad Waterfalls
Decent and affordable accommodations are available at LAK 40,000 to 100,000 (USD 4.80 – 12.00) a night. Choose from nearby hotels such as Villa Keo Seum Sack, Lithavixiay Guesthouse, Phanmixay Guesthouse, Dokboadeng Guesthouse, and Vilavong G. H.