3-Day Vientiane Highlights Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Delight in the Buddhist temples of Laos' capital Vientiane
  • Observe the unique culture, language and traditions of the Hmong people
  • Visit the fascinating Elephant Palace
  • Relax on a boat trip around the natural beauty of Nam Ngum Lake
  • Take in the sights and sounds of Vientiane's morning market

tour details

This three day stopover combines discovering the best Buddhist temples and morning market in Vientiane with the archaeological and natural gems of the surrounding area.


Why choose this tour?

A journey of balance that captures the heart of laid back Vientiane and then escapes to the soothing beauty of the surrounding countryside and lake.

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 and transfer and check in at your hotel. Lunch is at Lao Derm restaurant.

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 at Kualao Restaurant.
Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel you’ll be picked up from your Vientiane hotel and transfer to the famous Vang Xang archaeological site, dating back to the 11th century. The name of the site translates to 'Elephant Palace' in reference to a nearby elephant graveyard. Here you'll wander through the historic sites and see the fascinating Buddha sculpture reliefs inscribed onto the pink sandstone cliffs. Picnic lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch visit the famous weaving village of Ban Phone Ngeun, whose inhabitants come from Sam Neua and see this traditional handicraft in practice, and then visit a Hmong village. Hmong women are renowned for their beautiful embroidered costumes and their impressive silver jewellery. As many Hmong still dress in a traditional fashion you will have the opportunity to see this for yourself and learn about this unique culture.

A little later we will arrive at Nam Ngum Lake and embark on a 2 hour boat ride. 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. After your boat trip begin the drive back to Vientiane with a stop at Ban Kheun. Your tour will conclude with a stop at a local salt works to observe the fascinating traditional salt extraction process, before arriving back to Vientiane in the late afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Following breakfast at the hotel there is a morning visit to 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. Enjoy your lunch at the Lao Kitchen Restaurant and then transfer to Vientiane Wattay International Airport for your departure.


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, 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 and 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.

customise the tour

Extend your stay in Vientiane with:

  • Vientiane Orchid Trek
  • Vientiane Lake Nam Ngum Discovery
  • Extend your holiday with a deeper exploration of southern Laos and the fascinating 4000 Islands region
  • Extend your holiday with a visit to Luang Prabang, a stronghold of Lao culture with splendid natural scenery


  • 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: 3VCTEC

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