Wat Pha That Si Khotabong
Photogenic riverside wat
What we say:
This 19th century wat which sits on the banks of the Mekong is the most revered in the Tha Khaek area and is home to a large festival during the full moon of the third lunar month.
The distinctive thaat is regarded as one of the most important in Laos, but you wouldn't think so looking at the state of things. When we last visited, the entire site looked like a rubbish dump with thousands of plastic bags and other bits of rubbish floating across the fields and within the grounds of the temple.
Perhaps due to the recent festival, we anticipate that the rubbish will have been cleaned up by now, or it will have been eaten by the local cattle which roam through the area. This place is worth a look if you have a motorbike, but not if you have to walk or ride a bicycle.
More details8 km south of town
How to get there: The wat is around eight kilometres to the south of town and can be reached by tuk tuk or bicycle.
Read 1 opinions from Travelfish readers
Don't miss the 'village'
26th July, 2012
First off, there's a slightly misleading inaccuracy in your review. The temple does indeed date from the nineteenth century, but the thaat is much older than that. It's widely believed to have been originally built in the sixth to eighth centuries.
I would otherwise largely agree with your review. The temple isn't much to look at, but is rather pretty on the whole. Something which may be new since your visit is a small village of very traditional wooden homes built between the main road and the temple. It appears to be some sort of 'demonstration' village and only one of the houses actually appeared to be occupied.
It's also worth noting that apparently there is - sometimes - a fee to enter the temple. There was nobody about when I arrived, but a guy at a table near the entrance was collecting money from a small busload of French tourists when I left. The fee was small, 2,000 Kip I think, so just be warned. I paid a tuk-tuk 40,000 Kip to take me there and back. I probably paid too much, but how much, $2, $3?
Wat Pha That Si Khotabong reviewed by MichaelHinBKK (1)
Written on 26th July, 2012, rated Visited here in July, 2012
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