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.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 20th April, 2015.