Writes Indagare member Pamela Murdock:
With over thirty temples, there’s lots to see and almost everywhere you look, the city is charming and exotic. Wonderful Lao architecture is mixed with French-colonial. We were too lazy to climb the 328 stairs up to Mount Phou Si but every night when we tore ourselves away from our rooms at the Amantaka, we could see it lit up on top of the dark hill. It looked like the wat was floating in the sky. Magical.
Other famous wats include Wat Visoun, where the highlight is That Makmo, an ancient structure that is also known as the Watermelon Stupa due to its shape. At Wat Ho Siang, the monks start to beat a large drum and clang cymbals in a tower around 4 or 4:30 pm. I have to admit it was a catchy beat.