2-Day Vientiane to Nam Ngum Lake

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Admire That Luang Stupa, believed to have contained relics of Lord Buddha
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake
  • Discover Vientiane's oldest temple, Wat Sisaket
  • Walk under the Arc de Triomphe of Laos, Patouxay
  • Learn about the traditional salt extraction process

tour details

Explore laid back Vientiane and scenic Nam Ngum Lake experiencing a range of natural, historical and cultural highlights.

Why choose this tour?

Perfect for those who want to see the best city highlights and then escape to relax and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Arrival Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake

You will be met upon arrival at Vientiane (Wattay) International Airport (VTE) and go for lunch at the Lao Kitchen Restaurant.

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.

In the afternoon visit Wat Sisaket, architecturally beautiful and Vientiane's oldest original temple. Wat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and amazingly, approximately 6,840 Buddha images! These date back to the 16th and 19th centuries. Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of the 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. From the temple continue to the iconic Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavar. This is one of Vientiane's most photographed and distinctive buildings. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris.

Continue to another famous Vientiane landmark, 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. After enjoying the architectural splendour of Vientiane drive to the natural beauty of Nam Ngum Lake and check-in at the resort. Dinner at the resort.

Estimated driving time/km:
2.5 hours/135 km

Meal included:
Lunch at Lao Kitchen Restaurant
Dinner at the resort
After breakfast at the resort, take a boat trip (approximately 1 hour). In the peaceful and beautiful natural surrounds, sit back and relax as you explore the lush vegetation along the backwaters and soak up the local river life. Here you will see traditional forms of agriculture still being practised today.

Drive back to Vientiane by route No. 10. Stopover at Ban Keun, to observe the fascinating traditional salt extraction process. On the way, visit the Thousand Bamboo Garden where you can visit the textile museum known as Ho Mounthaentaeng. The museum displays various types of textiles produced from different styles of weaving. The gallery also has a rich collection of Lao basket works. Lao textiles are unique and the pride of Lao people.

(Note: The museum is currently opened from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 - 16:00 hours). Lunch is at a local restaurant. Arrive Vientiane in the late afternoon.

Estimated driving time/distance:
2.5 hours/135 km

Meal included:
Breakfast only

customise the tour

Extend your stay in Vientiane with:

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


  • 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: 2NNGEB

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