Laos

2-Day Vientiane Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit Patouxay, one of Vientiane's most photographed sites
  • Admire Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane
  • Wander through the Morning Market
  • Marvel at the golden That Luang Stupa
  • Take an optional excursion to the COPE Visitor Centre

tour details

Discover Vientiane, a city with a small town vibe, crumbling French architecture and a fascinating history.

Why choose this tour?

Experience the essence of Vientiane as you explore the iconic sights at the heart of this laid back capital.

Morning
Vientiane's major attractions are the serene Buddhist monasteries that dominate the centre of town. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture.

You will be met upon arrival at Vientiane Wattay International Airport or at Friendship Bridge, transfer and check in at the hotel. Lunch is at Lao Derm Restaurant.

Afternoon
In the afternoon visit Wat Sisaket, architecturally beautiful and the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Wat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and an amazing 6,840 Buddha images. These date back to the 16th and 19th centuries. 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 artefacts in Laos. Special displays include antique brass drums and palm leaf manuscripts. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok's Wat Phra Keo. One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is 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 gold covered and architecturally splendid That Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa, considered as the national symbol, in 1566. Its central structure is 45 metres tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha.

Dinner is at Kualao Restaurant

Meal included:
Lunch at Lao Derm Restaurant
Dinner at Kualao Restaurant
Morning
After breakfast at the hotel visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao), which is known for its superior silk weaving, metal work and woodcarving. Look out for the textiles, clothes and bags. Lunch is at the Lao Kitchen Restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch, transfer to Vientiane Wattay International Airport for departure.

Optional:
Visit to COPE Visitor Centre. After the war ended in 1975, the country was left littered with a significant amount of UXOs (unexploded ordnance). COPE stands for Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise and provides prosthetics and mobility devices for those people who require them and free of charge if they cannot afford to pay for them. An interactive exhibit about the UXO problem tells how UXO affects communities across Laos. It is told through the stories of injured people sharing their experiences of the rehabilitation process. COPE also supplies information to people about the services it has available and gives training and support to local staff so they can provide a high quality of service to those who need it. The visitor's centre is a free museum/exhibition.

Meal included:
Lunch at Lao Kitchen Restaurant

customise the tour

Extend your stay in Vientiane with:

  • Vientiane to Vang Vieng Exploration
  • Vientiane Orchid Trek
  • Vientiane Lake Nam Ngum discovery
  • Extend your holiday with a deeper exploration of southern Laos and the fascinating 4000 Islands region

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.


Optional:
An optional addition to this two-day tour is to visit to COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) Visitor Centre. After the war ended in 1975, the country was littered with countless UXOs (unexploded ordnances), which are at risk of detonating and severely wounding or killing people. COPE provides prosthetics and mobility devices for people who have been harmed by an UXO and are free of charge if they cannot afford to pay for them. An interactive exhibit about the UXO problem tells how UXO affects communities and contains stories of injured people and their experiences through their rehabilitation process. It also supplies information on services available, training and support to local staff to provide a high quality service, and assistance in developing longer term strategies for sustainability so that the service will always be here. The visitors centre is free for all who come.

Tour code: VTETVTE2

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