A city tour in Vientiane provides a comprehensive insight into this laidback capital of Laos, exploring different highlights of the city including gilded temples and the country’s important monuments such as Pha That Luang and the Presidential Palace.
Start exploring the charm of Vientiane with a visit to Wat Sisaket, a serene temple whose teak hallway are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Visit the nearby Wat Phra Keo, where ancient Khmer and Lao art works are on display. Also see the Presidential Palace, a beautiful colonial-style building once used as a residence for the French governor.
Next it is on to Wat Si Muang, which is the most venerated temple in the city. The temple is unusual in being divided into two rooms; the front room is quiet, with usually a monk on hand to give blessings, and the rear room houses the large main altar, with numerous statues of Buddha’s images. The locals believe that any wish will be granted by walking around the main pillar three times.
Continue on with a drive through the center of the city to explore the contrast of old and new, stop at That Dam – a large stupa which Laotians believe that it is inhabited by a seven-headed nāga who tried to protect them from an invasion by the Siamese army in 1827.
In the afternoon you will visit COPE exhibition center, which provides in-depth information about the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) dropped during the Vietnam War. We then drive to Lane Xang Avenue where you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai Monument (Victory Gate), which was built to resemble Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This Laos’s most recognizable landmarks serves as a leisure ground to the people of Vientiane, and the seventh floor on the top offers fabulous view point over the city.
We continue on to Pha That Luang, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the center of Vientiane. Since its initial establishment in the 3rd century, it is regarded as the most important monument and a national symbol of Laos. Afterward, we return to your hotel.