One day Tour in Vientiane-Capital
• Learn about the Buddhist traditions that have shaped the history of Laos
• Enjoy panoramic views on top of the Patuxai Gate
8:30am That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana flower shape. This is the most revered shrine in Laos and of course cannot be missed. Laos’ national symbol has a central structure that is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus bud, the original stupa, said to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha.
Continue Anousavali: This victory gate, also known as Anousavali, was constructed in 1958 and is better known as the Patuxai Gate; its architecture is inspired by the “Arc de Triomph” in Paris and incorporates typical Lao motifs including the Kinnaree, the 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 a delicious local lunch at a local restaurant in the capital, drive further to the Vat Sisaket has survived in its original form while 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 its remarkable frescoes.
Continue to nearby Ho Phra keo, the former Royal temple, now a Museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. The building had housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778. It still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country. A short stop at the nearby Vat (Vat means ‘temple’) Simeuang will show that there are different styles of temples available in Vientiane, each with its own characteristics. Built in 1566, Wat Simeuang enshrines the foundation pillar of Vientiane.
After exploring all the sights, sounds and smells of Vientiane, your guide and driver will bring you back to your booked hotel in Vientiane. Expected arrival will be around 17:30.
• Lunch (set menu)
• Local guide
• Entrance fees
• Hotel pick-up and drop off in centrally located hotels
What’s not included
• Entrance fee to climb to the top of the Patuxay Victory Gate
• Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center; supplements will be applied
• Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center; supplements will be applied