2-Day Vientiane to Nam Ngum Lake Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • See the That Luang Stupa, believed to have contained relics of Lord Buddha
  • Take a relaxing boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake
  • Visit Vientiane's oldest temple, Vat Sisaket
  • Walk under the Arc de Triomphe of Laos, Patouxay
  • Enjoy a local Laos lunch

tour details

Tour Vientiane & Nam Ngum Lake experiencing a range of natural, historical and cultural highlights.

Fly into the Vientiane Wattay Airport or cross by van or minibus at the Friendship Bridge and then meet and check into the hotel. Vientiane, Laos' capital city, has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture. After having lunch at a local restaurant, spend the afternoon exploring some of the serene Buddhist monasteries, which are among the city’s major attractions and dominate the centre of town.
The first stop is Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane, which features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. Not far from Vat Sisaket is Ho Phra Keo. Built in 1565, it was once the royal temple of Lao monarchy but in 1970 it was converted into a museum and now contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artefacts in the country such as antique brass drums and palm leaf manuscripts. The main structure also 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 that is also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture was inspired by the Arc of triomphe in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the That Luang Stupa, which was said to once contain relics of Lord Buddha. Continue to the Nam Ngum Lake and take a 2-hour boat trip and explore the lush vegetation along the backwaters.

Dinner and accommodation will be at the resort.
Eat breakfast at the resort and then drive back to Vientiane. Along the way, visit the Thousand Bamboo Garden that is home to the textile museum known as Ho Mounthaentaeng. (The museum is currently opened from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.) Inside are displays of various types of textiles from different ways of weaving. The gallery also has a rich collection of Lao basketries. Lao textiles are the pride of Lao people as they are incredibly unique.

Afterward, visit the salt extraction at Ban Keun and then arrive in Vientiane in the late afternoon.

Notes: Small deviations in the tour programmeme are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions and room availability.


  • 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


  • 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


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.

Tour code: VTETNNG2

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