Big, towering, and beautiful -- these are just some of the ways to describe Wat Luang, one of the biggest, and most significant temple in Pakse.
If you’re a first-time visitor in Pakse and you’re not sure where to go first, always choose Wat Luang — this stunning temple located near the Seo Don River is the largest temple in town, and a crowd favourite, too. The temple’s large compound is home to several interesting attractions — funerary reliquaries housing the ashes of prominent people in Pakse, a school for monks, and a structure with fascinating carved plaster walls decorated with fancy prints. Tourists can volunteer in the library inside the temple’s premises, or visit the back area of the temple where they can see a stunning view of the Mekong River and interact with monks and other visiting locals.
Wat Luang is located at Road 13, Pakse, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Luang is open from 6:00 to 18:00, but you can still walk around the grounds during the night.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is free.
How to Get There
- If you are coming from Vientiane and Savannakhet, you can fly to Pakse via Lao Airlines.
- You can also take the bus from Vientiane.
- Hire a motorbike or a tuk-tuk to Wat Luang.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour and a half.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Best time to visit Wat Luang is between 16:30 to 18:00.
Pakse’s town centre is full of interesting restaurants that you should try. Indulge in delicious Lao dishes at Sabaidee Pakse Restaurant, a French experience at Le Panorama, some tasty street food from Xuan Mai, and enjoy Western dishes from Burger Kong.
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Choose from several hotels such as Pakse Hotel and Restaurant, Champasak Grand Hotel, Arawan Riverside Hotel, Malaythong Hotel, and Mekong Riverside Hotel. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 90.