Guided Vientiane City and Buddha Park Full-Day Tour
Continue on to the nearby Wat Ho Phra Keo. As a religious museum, the temple displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also stop by the nearby Presidential Palace and appreciate the building from outside (going inside is not permitted). Get a good glimpse into the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Visit Wat Si Muang, one of the most popular and venerated temples in Vientiane.
Then move on to the Patuxai monument (Victory Gate), Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then take a 45-minute drive to the Buddha Park. En route make a brief stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge, built by the Australian government in 1994, which links Laos and Thailand.
On arrival, take a stroll around the Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan), filled with more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures built in 1958 by a Laos shaman. The concrete sculptures are unique and intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
Driving back to Vientiane, you'll stop by the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre, which aims to bring knowledge and skills to disabled women so that they can become self-sufficient and productive members of the community. The center focuses its efforts on helping people with disabilities gain independence and self confidence. A visit to the center provides you with the opportunity to talk to these women and to observe their skill at creating handicrafts such as hand-made paper.
End your full-day tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls, if you like, before being transferred back to your hotel.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Private guide
- Lunch at a local restaurant
- Transport by minivan/car
- Entry/Admission - Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
- Entry/Admission - Wat Si Muang
- Entry/Admission - Wat Ho Phra Keo
- Entry/Admission - Wat Si Saket
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- A maximum of 7 people per booking
- Minimum age is 12 years
- Group discount is available for group size of 3 or more
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Good 1 day tour of Vientiane area. Our guide Bon did a nice job. After this tour you have seen almost everything in the area, except for the newer temples throughout the city. Some are quite beautiful. Buddha Park is interesting, but smaller than expected. Lunch restaurant was a very nice, upscale place. Several excellent local dishes.
This tour was amazing!