The columns within the sim of Wat Phra Bat Tai are lacquered black and stencilled silver.
Your base for this tourist attraction is the Unesco World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. For tourist information about Luang Prabang, go to Luang Prabang Travel Guide. To prepare for a trip to Laos, read also the Laos Travel Guide. Looking for budget accommodation there? Use AsiaExplorers Budget Accommodation Guide, the no-frills website to cover your budget accommodation needs.
Wat Phra Bat Tai Travel Information
Wat Phra Bat Tai is a monastery complex in Luang Prabang on the bank of the Mekong River, Laos. It was originally called Wat Keo, when it was just a wooden temple built in the 17th century. The name Keo denotes Vietnamese, because the small Vietnamese community in Luang Prabang worshipped there.
The original sim of Wat Keo burnt down in 1833. The present temple complex, now renamed Wat Phra Bat Tai, is distinctly Vietnamese in style, which is more flamboyant than the Laotian style. The Vietnamese name for Wat Phra Bat Tai is Chua Phat Tich.
I arrived at Wat Phra Bat Tai at around four o'clock in the evening, and found that the door was already locked. I was probably too late. Anyway I was able to get some shots of it from the outside, and explored along the side wall of the monastery all the way to the Mekong River.
If you're going to Luang Prabang, you'd be glad to know that the town is quite small. You can go to most places on foot if you want to. Otherwise, you can also catch a tuk tuk to take you around. As for accommodation, they range from very simple, basic beds to boutique hotels. You can visit the Luang Prabang Hotels guide for a list of budget accommodation.
How to go to Wat Phra Bat Tai
Wat Phra Bat Tai is located on Photthisarat Road, the west side of Luang Prabang, along the Mekong River. You should get a tuk tuk to take you there and back.
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