It’s on the other side of the peninsula. You can enjoy the breath taking view of the world heritage town. It’s a bit of a hike to Wat Chomphet but climbing the 123 steps is well worth it. Built in 1888 by the Thais, this might not be a very well maintained temple. But it has the best views around offering a stunning panorama of the surrounding hills, Mekong river and Luang Prabang town. At the top of the staircase are two stupas that house the bones of the wives of one of the former kings of Laos. The temple itself is small and in decayed state but there is talk of restoring it to its former glory in the coming years.
Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm
The best way to explore Chomphet is by bicycle or motorbike. You can put your vehicle on the public car ferry, which shuttles people across the Mekong River on a regular basis throughout the day. To get to your first destination, head up the hill, take the first right and head through Ban Xieng Maen village.Totally it takes about 15 minutes to reach there, by crossing the river at behind the National Museum about 5 minutes (and for waiting the ferry it deepens on how many of passenger).
To accross the Mekong River to Chomphet district. There are 2 ways: boats and ferry.
(Open daily 06:00am – 20:00pm for the ferry and you can also crossing the river until 22:00 pm by boat)
Ferry tickets: 2.000 kip/person, 5.000/person with bicycle, 10.000 kip/person with a motobike and 35.000 kip with a car; Boat ticket: 5.000 kip/person).
Built in 1888 by the Thais, this might not be a very well maintained temple, but it has the best views around – offering a stunning panorama of the surrounding hills, Mekong River and Luang Prabang town. At the top of the staircase are two stupas that house the bones of the wives of one of the former Kings of Laos. The temple itself is small and in a decayed state but there is talk of restoring it to its former glory in the coming years.
Do's and Don't
– Cover yourself from shoulders to knees, take off hats and shoes.
– Respect the monks and novices. Women are not allowed to touch them.
– Do not show affection publicly.
– Refuse any antiques or you will be fined.
Others in Buddhism
It can’t compete with other temples in town when it comes to history, but Wat Paphonphao wins points for being a visual spectacle that sits above the city centre, glowing golden all day long.