Experience the culture and vibe of Vientiane and the surrounding countryside with this comprehensive full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit famous temples with priceless art, see astounding architecture, watch the crafting of local products, and try delicious local cuisine.
After a convenient pickup from your hotel, visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images.
Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Ho Phra Keo has been used as a museum since 1970 and 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’s Wat Phra Keo.
Your next stop is at one of the most photographed places in Vientiane–Patousay, 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 That Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 147-feet (45-m) tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha.
Continue to the Morning Market (Talaat Sao), known for its superior silk weaving, metal work, and woodcarving. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the surroundings of Vientiane including the Buddha Park, located 15-miles (24-km) south of Vientiane, and take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge. Return to Vientiane and visit the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong. Stroll along the banks of the Mekong River at sunset. If time permit visit COPE Visitor's Center before returning to your hotel.