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A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane

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Vientiane, Laos
A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get the most of out of your visit to Vientiane, the laid-back capital of Laos, with this comprehensive sightseeing excursion. During the course of your day you’ll explore Vat Sisaket, a monastery that dates to 1818, visit a Buddhist-themed museum of art and sculpture, see the city’s famous ‘Anousavali’ (Victory Gate) and discover a Buddhist statue park. A traditional lunch is also included.
  • Discover the many charms of Vientiane during this city sightseeing tour
  • Explore the city's ancient Buddhist monasteries and stupas
  • Check out the famous Anousavali 'Victory Gate,' modeled after the French 'Arc de Triomphe'
  • Wander through an incredible assortment of Buddhist sculptures at the Buddha Park
  • Enjoy an included traditional lunch as well as round-trip hotel transport
  • Shop for souvenirs at the sprawling Talat Sao market (time permitting)
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A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
All applicable taxes and service charges
Lunch at a local restaurant (food only)
Entrance fee inside the Patuxai Victory Gate
Personal expenses such as drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from only hotels in Vientiane, Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Receive a pickup from your Vientiane hotel in the morning, before continuing to Vat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in the city. Wander amid the

more than 6,800 Buddha images and statues that decorate the monastery’s interior as you learn about its well-preserved interior and main hall.

Next, travel to Ho Phra Keo, a one-time royal temple that today houses a Buddhist museum of art and sculpture. The complex is known for its extensive collection of Buddha sculptures, as well as for being the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok.

Proceed on to the next stop at That Luang, one of the most revered shrines in all of Laos. Get a sense for this 147-foot-tall (45-meter), gold-covered stupa and its unique banana-flower shape. During your stop you’ll also learn about the shrine’s history, including its role as a home for a relic from the Lord Buddha.

Continue to Anousavali, also known as the Victory Gate or Patouxai, a dramatic arch that bears a striking resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This monument, first constructed in 1958, includes a number of eye-catching designs like the ‘Kinnaree’ (bird woman) that pay tribute to Lao culture. If you’re feeling ambitious, scale the steps to the top of the arch for views of the city below (entrance fee not included).

Take a break midday for lunch at a traditional restaurant before continuing to Vientiane’s well-known Buddha Park, first built by a local monk in the 1950s. Wander among the park’s collection of mythological statues, each connected to the themes of Buddhism. If you happen to visit on a weekend, you’ll also observe the numerous locals that flock to this unique green space to relax and socialize.

Make your way back toward your hotel, stopping at the Talat Sao market if time permits. This local bazaar offers a startling array of goods ranging from food to jewelry to clothing and handicrafts. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel around 5pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wat Si Saket
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Vientiane, and we start in the morning for a city tour through the Laotian capital. Our first stop will be at the Wat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Vientiane. Wat Sisaket has survived in its original form; all other temples in Vientiane have gone through extensive renovations. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves, next to its remarkable frescoes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Ho Phra Keo
Continue to nearby Ho Phra Keo, the former Royal temple, now a Museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. The building housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778. It still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
The That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana flower shape is the most revered shrine in Laos and of course, cannot be missed.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Patuxai
This victory gate, also known as Patuxai, was constructed in 1958; its architecture is inspired by the “Arc de Triumph” in Paris and incorporates typical Lao motifs including the Kinnaree, the mythical bird-woman. Energetic visitors can climb the top of the monument and enjoy a panoramic view of Laos’ capital from Vientiane’s highest point (optional).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Buddha Park
After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive outside of the city to the famous Buddha Park, constructed by a monk in the 1950s. This mysterious place in the outskirts of Vientiane has been designated as one of the main religious sites in the country. The park is filled with Buddhist and mythological animal statues, relate to Buddhism. There were will be plenty of photo moments awaiting you.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Talat Sao
In the afternoon, before heading back to your hotel, and when time permits, we can make a short stop at the central market of Vientiane, called Talat Sao. Assigned as a ‘morning market’ by many, this name is a bit misleading: the market commonly remains open until late afternoon. We will return to your hotel in Vientiane at 4 pm after a full day of sightseeing in and around Vientiane.
Duration: 1 hour 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Pakse. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Ngam Num Lake, Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and Vientiane International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by A Full Day in Laid-Back Vientiane.

Traveler Tips


  • "There are a lot to do in the Vientiane so the length of the tour is about right." See review

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star-5
Excellent Tour
h2opixie
, Mar 2020
Great introduction to both Vientiane and Laos. Enjoyed the morning temples and museums and then the odd theme park of Buddha Park in the afternoon. Sak was an excellent guide!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear h2opixie Many thanks for leaving this positive review about your recent experience and around Vientiane. We fully agree that this tour is not only tailored to be the right duration but as well adds a more-than-meets-the-eye element to this tour through and outside the Laotian capital. An invaluable asset in all our tours and excursions are indeed our guides; ambassadors in their own right and able to bring forward essentials to gain a deeper understanding and greater knowledge add so much more value. We will certainly share your post with those who made this trip possible. With kind regards Asian Trails Laos
star-4
City tour and Buddha Park
vincentyeu
, Feb 2020
It was just about the right length. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Lunch was nice and included in the price. There are a lot to do in the Vientiane so the length of the tour is about right.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear vincent Many thanks for leaving this positive review about your recent experience and around Vientiane. We fully agree that this tour is not only tailored to be the right duration but as well adds a more-than-meets-the-eye element to this tour through the Laotian capital. We will certainly share your post with those who made this trip possible. We hope that we can welcome you and your travel partners back to Laos in not too long a future. With kind regards Asian Trails Laos
star-5
Tour guide was excellent with his...
Bruce S
, Jul 2017
Tour guide was excellent with his local knowledge and ability to keep stories succinct so we didn't stand out in the sun too long. The sights were good, but not great. A bit dusty or under some repair work. Overall a good single day exposure to the Laos capital!

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