Delve into the culture and heritage of Laos' capital on this private tour of Vientiane and Buddha Park. Accompanied by a local guide, visit the city's most prominent sights and the numerous statues in Buddha Park, learning about Vientiane's history and spiritual traditions.
Your first stop after getting picked up from your hotel is Vientiane's Wat Sisaket temple. Known for its cloister wall of over 6,800 Buddha statues, Wat Sisaket is the city's oldest surviving temple and is still in use as a religious site today. Head next to Wat Prakeo, which once served as the temple of the royal family, housed the Emerald Buddha for 200 years, and is now functional as a museum. Dive further into the country's heritage by visiting the Patuxay monument, which is known as Vientiane's Arc de Triomphe and stands as a symbol of Laos' independence.
In the afternoon, make your way to the impressive Buddha Park, which sits along the Mekong River. More than 200 concrete Buddhist and Hindu statues fill the park, including a 131-foot (40-m) long sculpture of reclining Buddha. Venture inside a hollow, pumpkin-like structure through a massive demon's mouth and climb 3 stories to the top for picturesque views of the entire area. Learn from your guide about the significance behind each unique statue before heading back to the city to conclude your tour.