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This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
Luang Prabang, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday

Historically Wat Mai played an important role, also in times of Lao monarchy. Recently they introduced an admission fee which is o.k.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jobst56
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is worth taking the time to visit this Buddhist temple to appreciate the beauty of the architecture, the decorations and also a spot for quiet meditation

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fjp4564
Reviewed 4 days ago

The location is very close to museum and Mount Phousi. The architecture show how healthy their forest were as the original columns in the temple were large trunk of trees.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aninda_A
Reviewed 21 October 2018

This temple did have an expensive price with 20,000 kip to enter the temple - which was a bit too expensive when there wasn’t enough to see to match the price, in my opinion. I enjoyed seeing the building work that was beginning to happen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank freddiemgreen
Reviewed 20 October 2018

20,000 Kip to enter. Good to visit but there is not a lot to see - however, there are some great quotes to read along with walking around.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 256ollie
Reviewed 20 September 2018

At Wat Mai there is a breathtaking gold-plated wooden bas-relief covering the whole front of the pagoda. Visit Wat Mai after 5 pm when the monks gather for the evening chanting. At this time the pagoda opens its doors and you can see the beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Stephan1000
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Another lovely temple in the middle of Luang Prabang. The buildings are beautiful and the intricasies of the artwork are amazing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I can't imagine going to Luang Prabang and not wanting to take in the gorgeous Unesco Center with its amazing architecture, and this must be one of the most sumptuous wats in the area. A true gem, a beauty to behold. Its beauty actually kept...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank fiamma11
Reviewed 19 July 2018

This is a hard to miss temple, located right next to the Royal palace and night market and across the road from Mount Phousi. You can view the beautiful architecture from outside but if you wish to go inside the temple, you need to pay...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 1 July 2018

An interesting portion of the Old Quarter, one of many enjoyable stops while walking the streets of Luang Prabang, which was such a welcome change after leaving the chaos of Bangkok.

Date of experience: December 2017
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