Wat Pha Singkham

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Perched on a low hill and surrounded by paddy is Wat Pha Singkham, an important site of pilgrimage for the province. The temple itself is a modern build but people from all over Udomxai come to revere the sacred 400-year-old Buddha statue, one of the most important in Laos.

It is believed that the Buddha has the power to make wishes come true. Those who ask a wish and have it granted must return the following year and make a contribution to the wat or else great troubles will befall them.

The wat is a short walk up from Muang La Resort, you can’t miss it. Appropriate dress is strictly enforced. Women must have shoulders covered and should wear a long skirt – if women wear shorts or trousers, they will have to rent a tube skirt at the entrance. A 10,000 kip entrance fee goes to maintenance of the temple.

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Last updated: 20th April, 2015

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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