Wat Phol Phao, Luang Prabang

3.9
A mountaintop temple offers images of Buddhist religion and views of the city, at Wat Phol Phao. This forest meditation retreat offers peaceful surroundings with panoramic views. Built in an octagonal style, the Buddhist temple features interior paintings depicting Buddhist stories. See stone carvings, murals, and statues painted in gold. Because the site is situated uphill, rent a motorbike or a bicycle to avoid a long hike. If you drive, take time to stop at some spots to take in the views and landscape. Using our international travel planner, Luang Prabang attractions like Wat Phol Phao can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Wat Phol Phao
map
Wat Phol Phao Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
68 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • When you are on top of the hill in the old city of Luang Prabang, you see a golden temple far away in the jungle. It is this temple. It looks very fascinating from the far. Although the building of th...  more »
  • This temple is slightly away from the center of Luang Prabang, Baan panom village. Even if it's also said that, in view of the many people once the temple. It's overlooking the square is slightly elevated Phou SI Centre to a lot of people, but at that time, showing on a hillside on the South side. I think Golden stupa and the Temple it shows.
    View original
  • Located around 15minute drive from the town, this beautiful temple located on top of small hill. It has beautiful architecture and great view from the top. Very serene and peaceful. Took tuk-tuk to go...  more »
Google
  • Interesting paintings on the walls, and a good view of the city below. There's a rock they claim have fallen from the sky. It might be a meteorite.
  • We visited the Wat in 2007 and were delighted with the trip out from Luang Prabang. Well worth a visit when you are in LP.
  • Great views from up there. Places for meditation classes seen.
  • Good place to observe sumset
  • Great view. Come from 8am-10am or 130pm-430pm wgen pagoda is open for best viewing

Plan your trip to Luang Prabang

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Luang Prabang

Although accommodations in Luang Prabang can be pricier than elsewhere in the country, the city boasts a wide variety of options for overnight stays, ranging from budget backpacker hostels to luxury heritage hotels. You can find a plethora of boutique guesthouses in Luang Prabang, from family-run places to mid-range and upscale establishments situated in colonial-era villas.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Luang Prabang by other users

8 days in Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM MAURITIUS March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Laos BY A USER FROM INDIA February, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Laos BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Phu Quoc Island, Siem Reap & Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam BY A USER FROM GUINEA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Laos & Cambodia BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Laos BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Laos BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans