Classic Vientiane

Vientiane may be the capital of Laos but it is essentially a sleepy town with wide boulevards thanks to a period of French occupation, and is home to some great cafes and bakeries. On this full day tour, visit the most important historic and cultural sites in Vientiane including the That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Victory Monument, Wat Sisaket, and the weird and wonderful Buddha Park - just outside of Vientiane

Destinations included:
That Luang Stupa - Patouxai Victory Monument - Wat Sisaket - Ho Pha Keo

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With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
  • Visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane
  • Discover Patuxai , the victory gate also known as Anousavari
  • Visit one of Laos’ slightly stranger attractions - Xieng Khuan Buddha Park
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

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.

Wat Sisaket

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.

Silk weaving in Laos

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