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.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Vientiane, Laos
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 85.00*
and up
Full Day Vientiane City Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 61 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Impressive beauty

Haw Pha Kaew is probably the prettiest and most photogenic temple in Vientiane, located adjacent to Wat Sisaket, cross the street and gaze on this impressive religious icon. Nice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 April 2016
Larry M
,
Pattaya, Thailand
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

61 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 20: English reviews
Kingston, Jamaica
Level Contributor
227 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I stopped by this temple at about mid-morning on a day-long walkabout of Vientiane. It's nice. The grounds are well-kept and the entry fee is very affordable (5,000 kip). The staff aren't friendly at all and don't exactly make you feel welcome. Still, it's a good place to pick up some postcards for cheap (3,000 kip each), although they didn't... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kristine B
Pattaya, Thailand
Level Contributor
585 reviews
374 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Haw Pha Kaew is probably the prettiest and most photogenic temple in Vientiane, located adjacent to Wat Sisaket, cross the street and gaze on this impressive religious icon. Nice grounds also...partly under renovation but a beautiful photo op from the front.

Helpful?
Thank Larry M
Northamptonshire
Level Contributor
211 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Visited this temple with friends when looking around Vientiane (as it was close to the presidential palace) and was pleasantly surprised. The Wat Ho Phakeo was formerly used by the royal family to house the emerald Buddha in the 15th century, then converted into a museum in 1970. The well maintained gardens are peaceful and relaxing to walk around. The... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Miller_KO
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Haw Pha Kaew (note more correct spelling) is closed for restoration, although the garden is open and worth a viewing. This place is next to the Presidential Palace (Hor Kham). Looks like it could be closed for some time.

Helpful?
Thank muga46
Level Contributor
1,096 reviews
409 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

This temple is in renovation, but you can still enter the grounds and enjoy the view of the front of the beautiful temple. Also some statues along the grounds. It's across the street from Wat Si Saket, and it also has a good bathroom-- clean.

Helpful?
Thank jenabaindelhi
Vientiane, Laos
Level Contributor
41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Nice temple with a long history. Worth a visit if you're in Vientiane and close to the Mekong river and other places of interest.

Helpful?
Thank Kaysone
Level Contributor
50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

A walk would give you the serenity and ambience of what was once a royal temple. The structure are very old and beautiful. Worth visiting!

Helpful?
Thank Angela T
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
271 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

Beautiful building in a beautiful garden filled with beautiful statues from every period in Laos history. If you get a guide you will get a lot more out of the experience and now what you are looking at and why it is important.

Helpful?
Thank Adam W
UK
Level Contributor
402 reviews
209 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

A short walk from other attractions is Wat Ho Prakeo, once a Royal temple built in the 16th century, now an interesting museum. Surrounded by peaceful beautiful gardens, lots of photographic opportunities outside but no photography inside. As mentioned, clean toilets near the exit.

Helpful?
Thank r00m_with_a_view
Bengaluru, India
Level Contributor
68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

The statues at this esrtwhile royal temple merit some observation and some time spent admiring them. A good idea is to not hurry this one. It'd definitely the best Wat to hang around in Vientiane.

Helpful?
Thank TravelSuperGirl

Travellers who viewed Wat Ho Phakeo also viewed

Vientiane, Vientiane Province
 
Vientiane, Vientiane Province
Vientiane, Vientiane Province
 

Been to Wat Ho Phakeo? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Wat Ho Phakeo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?