We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 212 470
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 113.00*
and up
Private Hidden Gems of Luang Prabang Day Tour
More Info
USD 57.00*
and up
Private Tour: Half-Day City Tour of Luang Prabang
More Info
USD 69.00*
and up
Guided Exploring Luang Prabang Full-Day Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tree of life” (59 reviews)
Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 212 470
Write a Review
Reviews (1,697)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

291 - 300 of 973 reviews

Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the temple late in the afternoon and at 5 pm the monks played music and called to pray. It was really a big treat!

Thank AnnetteS4
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Wat Xieng Thong is the most iconic site in Luang Prabang and by itself deserves the world heritage award. Quite a tranquil and beautiful place, with extraordinary golden carvings in the walls of the funerary chapel. The stupas, the auxiliary temples and the general architecture...More

Thank Guillermo P
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Well worth the visit. At 4pm, the drums and gongs are rung by the monks throughout the town and it is an interesting time to visit the Wat.

Thank Etmo89
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This temple is very unique,beautiful architecture in and outside.We really love the wall painting & carving, mosaics and tranquil ground.Must go early morning or in the evening are best to get photos without people.

Thank jettna34
Reviewed 22 July 2016

It's worth visiting Wat Xieng Thong as it was more beautiful than the other temples in town with different architecture and exterior designs. There were several units with big Buddha statue inside. It was within 20 - 30 mins. walking distance from our Hotel (and...More

Thank bkpkwok
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I like the temple. There are several interesting arts. New section is being built for the very long boat. The art is quite similar to temple in Thailand (same influence of couse) but has its own unique style. My mistake on wearing short to temple...More

Thank chorpetk
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

It is the landmark of Luang Prabang. One of the places you should visit. I feel little disappointed, I think it should be more beautiful than this. Admission fee 20,000 Kip.

Thank Sai T
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is a really interesting temple with lots of amazing things to see. The gardens were very pretty and extremely well kept. Not to mention the statues and buildings.

Thank Sweetheartee
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Having visited a number of temples it is often tempting to skip but the glass set pictorial stories in the external walls of the temple buildings are definitely worth visiting

Thank Bradley M
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This temple was unique in its architecture relative to others we saw in our travels but I think it is the Loatian aspect of the build and it is right on the Mekong

Thank lanzmo
Nearby Restaurants
Saffron Coffee
266 reviews
.53 km away
3 Nagas Restaurant
739 reviews
.39 km away
2,818 reviews
.36 km away
Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene
621 reviews
.50 km away
Nearby Attractions
Alms Giving Ceremony
3,215 reviews
.57 km away
Bamboo Bridge
645 reviews
.67 km away
Wat Sensoukaram
152 reviews
.27 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
5 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from offroadvietnammotor | Reviewed this property |
This temple is not crowded because there are many more temples here. Sitting is easy, outside of the buildings are possible. Another good place is near the Mekong river across the entrance. Hope this helps.
3 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Phouma P | Reviewed this property |
Dear SUSAN, in Luangprabang, have many temple, it is depend on your objection, your time, but I consult you to go Longkhoun temple other side of Mekong, so quiet, great for meditation.