ITINERARY BY DAY
Depart with your local guide to the Talaat Sao - Vientiane’s Morning Market. Try some local coffee and snacks while looking around. Continue to Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and over 6,000 Buddha images. Nearby is Haw Phra Kaew, which contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok. One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patuxai , the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the Phra That Luang stupa. King Sethtathirat built this great sacred stupa, considered the national symbol, in 1566. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha.
After lunch at a local restaurant, head out of town to visit one of Laos’ slightly stranger attractions - Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 this park on the banks of the Mekong River approximately 35 kilometres from the city is the site of a large collection of many kinds of Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong River.
If you are interested in textiles and their production and time permits then pay a visit to Carol Cassidy’s Lao Textiles Gallery - set in a traditional Lao home where you can see the silk weaving in process and view the unique textiles produced. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at own arrangements.