Full-Day Vientiane Sightseeing Tour with Buddha Park Visit

Full-Day Vientiane Sightseeing Tour with Buddha Park Visit
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$63.8
Duration: 9 hours
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A combination tour where we cruise in comfort and in a laid-back way along the capital’s main sites before heading out to the Buddha Park: a somewhat awkward place that doubles now as both a religious park and a place for the local community to relax.

Start out in the morning after your guide and driver pick you up from your hotel in Vientiane's city center. First, stop at the Vat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Vientiane, built in 1818. Vat Sisaket has survived in its original form; all other temples in Vientiane have gone through extensive renovations. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves, next to remarkable frescoes.

Continue to nearby Ho Phra Keo, the former royal temple and now a museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. The building housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with Laos in 1778. It still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country.

Next, see That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana-flower shape. At the most revered shrine in Laos, visit a central structure that is 147 feet (45 meters) tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus bud; the original stupa is said to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha.

Continue to the Victory Gate, also known as Anousavali, constructed in 1958; its architecture is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe of Paris and incorporates typical Lao motifs including the 'Kinnaree,' or mythical bird-woman. Energetic visitors can climb the top of the monument and enjoy a panoramic view of Laos’ capital from Vientiane’s highest point (entrance fee to climb to the top is not included).

After lunch at a local restaurant, drive outside of the city to the monk-designed Buddha Park, which doubles as both a religious site and a place for many locals to relax outdoors during weekends and public holidays. The park is filled with Buddhist and mythological animal statues, making for plenty of photo ops.

Return back to your place of pickup after a full day of sightseeing in and around Vientiane.

A combination tour where we cruise in comfort and in a laid-back way along the capital’s main sites before heading out to the Buddha Park: a somewhat awkward place that doubles now as both a religious park and a place for the local community to relax.