Wat Sin Jong Jaeng
Wat Sin Jong Jaeng, one of the few attractions in Pakbeng, is a beautiful Buddhist temple that dates back to early French colonization.
Wat Sin Jong Jaeng is one of the religious sites tourists can visit during their stop in the small village of Pakbeng. Although the temple’s exterior has undergone major repainting during the past years, it still retained some faded details including a mural of a mustached man carrying an umbrella, a character that is assumed to depict the early French visitors. Visiting this Wat after you’ve arrived is a great excuse to stretch those legs after sitting for several hours — even after 17:00, there are still a lot of things to do here including watching the sunset and the Mekong river, and chat with the local monks who want to improve their English.
Wat Sin Jong Jaeng is located in Pakbeng, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
Visitors can come to the temple any time.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is free.
How to Get There
- Fly to either Luang Prabang or Huay Xai via Lao Airlines.
- Board a slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, or vice versa.
- Slow boats always make a stop at Pakbeng. Walk all the way to Wat Sin Jong Jaeng.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Spending an hour around Wat Sin Jong Jaeng is enough.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Wat Sin Jong Jaeng isn’t as crowded compared to the other Pakbeng attractions. Best time to visit is at 17:00, just in time to see the sunset.
Pakbeng’s main road is filled with a number of dining options serving Indian, Western, Thai, and authentic Lao dishes. Must-try restaurants include Ounhoan Restaurant, DP Restaurant, Hasan Restaurant, and Monesavan Bakery.
- Mekong River
- Mekong Elephant Park
- Hasan Restaurant
For those who prefer to stay indoors, Mekong Riverside Lodge, Monesavanh Guesthouse, Dockhoun Guesthouse, and Luang Say Lodge offer rooms at rates ranging from USD 25 to USD 150. Those who prefer to stick with their budget can rent a mattress and a mosquito net for USD 0.50.