Attractions

Buddhist Temple in That Phanom

Wat Phra That Phanom

This temple is a potent and beautiful place – even if you're feeling templed out, you'll likely be impressed. At its hub is a stupa (tâht), more impressive than any in present-day Laos and highly revered by Buddhist…
Museum in That Phanom

That Phanom Museum

The museum at Wat Phra That Phanom tells the history (mixed in with the legend) of the tâht and also holds a collection of religious art (alms bowls, gongs, and old Buddha images) and a hodgepodge assortment of othe…
Gate in That Phanom

Kong Gate

Standing tall on the road in front of Wat Phra That Phanom is an arch that symbolically connects the tâht to the Mekong. The block of French Indochinese architecture between the arch and the river is reminiscent of …
Market in That Phanom

Tai-Lao Open-Border Market

This busy market running along the river takes place every Monday and Thursday. It's mostly the same fresh food and household goods found in other Thai markets, but some Lao traders come over to sell herbs, roots, m…
Buddhist Temple in That Phanom

Wat Hua Wiang Rangsi

This riverside temple has a bóht built in 1921 and the original paintings inside are simple but interesting. They're central Thai- rather than Isan-style and show Jataka tales (previous lives of the Buddha) and the …
Buddhist Stupa in That Phanom

Replica Stupa

In a pond in front of the temple is a replica of how the original Phra That Phanom could have looked. It was built of bricks from the stupa that fell over in 1975.