Full Day Vientiane Small Group Tour: This morning our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel. Our first stop is the fascinating Wat Sisaket national museum, the oldest and most unique temple in Vientiane. Our guide will explain the history of the temple before leaving some time for you to browse the 7000 or so Buddha images housed here.
After this we take the short walk to Haw Phra Kaeo. Originally built in 1565 to house the revered Emerald Buddha it was destroyed by the Thais when they sacked the city. It now contains some excuisite assortment of Lao and Khmer art. We then head to That Luang stupa, the most important religious site in the country said to contain some bones of the Buddha himself.
On the way to our next site we stop at COPE www. copelaos. org this fantastic NGO is the only organization in Laos helping the victims of UXO. We finish our morning sightseeing with a climb up to the top of Patouxai – Vientiane’s own Arc De Triomph for some great views of the city.
Then we continue to Vientiane’s vibrant market where you will have some free time to browse and get some lunch at the food hall. We then take you to the interesting National Musuem before we drive outside of the city to visit the bizarre world of Xieng Khuan otherwise known as the Buddha Park. The park was created in the 1950’s by an eccentric priest called Luang Pu who combined his own unique views of Buddhism and Hinduism to create some large weird and wonderful sculptures forming a religious theme park. We then return to the city late afternoon with a stop at Wat Chom Phet, a peaceful and historically important temple just outside the city.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up
Duration: 8 hours approximately
Start/opening time: 8:30am
End/closing time: 5pm