Thing to Do

Cultural Sites

Ban Na

Near Wat Phabath. This village at the edge of the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area offers guided trekking tours into the nearby bamboo belt and forest, it was traditionally known for its wild elephants. While it takes a bit of luck to spot the elephants, the villagers of Ban Na offer home-stays and treks around the area. This is a great way to immerse oneself in Lao culture.


Wat Phabath Temple

83km from Vientiane along South 13 Road. This important pilgrimage site with its huge “footprint” of Buddha is a significant place for all Buddhists in the country. The people in the area believe that when someone is passing this place, one must stop for a while to pay respect to the spirits for a good journey.


Wat Tha Phonesane Temple

Located near Wat Phabath. This temple overlooking the Mekong River is well known for ‘Bang Fai Phayanak’ or ‘Naga Rocket’, a mysterious and still unexplained phenomenon, which occurs every year during the 15th day of the 11th month (according to the lunar calendar), when small fire balls in different colours shot out from the river about 10-15m high and disappear into the sky.


Wat Dan Soung

A series of colourful Buddhist buildings on the rocky outcrops surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery of Bolikhamxay. There are many large Buddha images, a holy pool, flower gardens, and rocks which have interesting stories of the ‘Nang Sip Song (The 12 Ladies)’ legend.

Hotels & restaurants

Xokbounma Hotel, Tel: +856-54-790995.
Many Xokxay Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55552333.
Paksane Hotel, Tel: +856-20-91333444.
Vilaisack Hotel, Tel: +856-54-212215.
Xaysavang Hotel, Tel: +856-54-791333.
Seng Houng Heung Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22803399.
Phonethip Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22338973.
Phouthavong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341186.
Souliya Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55203237.
Viengthong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341111.
Xaithong Hotel, Tel: +856-20-77790733.
Xaiyo Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341074.

Bounxou Restaurant, Tel: +856-54-680046.
Onlyone Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22335246.
Saikhong Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22102555.
Thongsalom Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55953063.
Khoukhanna Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55853952.
Pa phai Entertainment, Tel: +856-20-55753000.
Thepphachan Entertainment, Tel: +856-54-212303.
Xaep E Lee Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55652213.