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Wat Xayaphoum Temple

Wat Xayaphoum Temple, a majestic temple located on the banks of the Mekong River, is considered one of the most prominent and most important Buddhist temple in the entire Savannakhet.

At first glance, you would think that the place is more of a palace than a temple because of its unique architectural features — the striking colours of white, gold, and blue, plus the intricate carvings and design that date back to the original Savannakhet make it such a stunning sight to behold. Inside the grounds of the pagoda, you can see a number of Buddhist buildings that include sleeping quarters and monastery for monks, and a place for people to offer prayers. Wat Xayaphoum Temple is the venue of several festivities such as The Lao New Year celebration and the Boat Racing Festival.



Wat Xayaphoum Temple is located along the banks of the Mekong River in Savannakhet, Laos.


Opening Days and Hours

The temple is open from 5:30 to 18:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance is LAK 10,000 (USD 1.20).


How to Get There

  • Fly from Vientiane to Savannakhet via Lao Airlines.
  • From the airport, board a tuk-tuk to Wat Xayaphoum Temple.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

You can spend less than an hour in this attraction.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

You can visit the temple any time of the day without worrying about large crowds.




There are several restaurants near the Wat Xayaphoum Temple that offer a wide variety of Lao and Western dishes. Options include Cafe Chai Dee, Lao View Restaurant, Hoong Thip Restaurant, Hom Fah, and White House Restaurant.


Nearby Attractions

  • Thai Ing Hang Stupa
  • Wat Xayaphoum
  • Dinosaur Museum



Those in a budget can choose to stay in nearby guesthouses such as Phoulavane Guesthouse, Leena’s Guesthouse, Savan Phattana Guesthouse, and Joli Guesthouse which offer rooms starting at USD 12. Mid-range hotels include Rattanasawan Hotel, Hoongthip Hotel, and Sala Savan Guesthouse. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 200.

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