Wat Mixay, Wat Chan, Wat Inpeng, Wat Haysoke
What we say:
These four temples are a short walk from the guesthouse district, so most travellers will at least pass by them, if not actually go inside.
These are functioning temples and not set up as tourist attractions, so don't expect any English signs or information.
Rather, they are pretty and peaceful refuges from the tourist scene by the river, and are an excellent opportunity to explore a Lao temple without a tour group following right behind you.
You'll find all four temples clustered towards the western end of Vientiane on the north and south side of Setthathilath Rd, with Wat Chan (short for Wat Chanthabuli) down towards the river behind Wat Ong Theu.
Wat Chan has an interesting three-tiered drum tower and the grounds of Wat Mixay house a primary school. Look around for intricate murals and statues of demons called yakshas that guard the entrances.
Remember to dress respectfully and take off your shoes if you wish to enter the main building.
More detailsWestern part of Vientiane
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00-17:00
Last updated: 1st January, 2014
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