3-Day Vientiane Highlights Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Enjoy lunch at a local Laos restaurant
  • Take a relaxing boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake
  • Wander through Vientiane's Morning Market
  • Visit the Vang Xang archaeological site
  • Learn about the impact of unexploded ordnance at the COPE Visitor Centre

tour details

Historical sights and authentic local experiences abound in the fascinating Laos capital of Vientiane.

Fly into the Vientiane Wattay Airport or cross by van or minibus at the Friendship Bridge and then meet and check in to 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. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566 and it is now considered to be the national symbol. Its central structure is 45 metres tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus.

The evening will conclude with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the Vang Xang archaeological site. The name means ‘Elephant Palace’, which is a reference to the elephant graveyard found in the vicinity. The site consists of a cluster of ten high-relief Buddha sculptures on cliffs and is usually assigned to an 11th century Mon provenance.
Walk along the canyon to see the Buddha images carved on the cliffs and then have a picnic lunch. Visit the famous weaving village of Ban Phone Ngeun whose inhabitants come from Sam Neua and then go to a Hmong village.
Continue to Nam Ngum Lake and take a two-hour boat trip to explore the lush vegetation along the backwaters. Drive back to Vientiane but stop to visit the salt extraction at Ban Keun and the zoo along the way.

Arrive in Vientiane in the late afternoon and then check into the hotel and have dinner.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao), which is known for its superior silk weaving, metal work and woodcarving.
Eat lunch at the Kua Lao Restaurant and then transfer to the airport or to the Friendship Bridge for departure.

Optional:
An optional addition to this 2-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 they affect 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.

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.

Tour code: VTE3

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