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Vientiane stopover

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 346

This low key relaxed city on the Mekong River has avoided excess modernization and offers a glimpse into the past through its temples and architecture. Vientiane is a pleasant surprise.


Vientiane, Laos’ capital, is a small city with an easy going, friendly atmosphere. It is located on the banks of the MekongRiver, the other side of which being Thailand. Unlike most Asian cities, the traffic is not overwhelming and you might consider a tuk tuk ride around town here.

The first evening, enjoy dinner at a typical Lao restaurant including a performance of traditional Lao music and dancing.

During your stay, you will see the PutousaiMonument which, although Lao in architectural style, was inspired by the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. Vientiane, being a Buddhist country, has an abundance of temples. The most important and most sacred is the Phra That Luang dating back to the 3rd Century and which is an imposing structure being 45 metres/145 feet tall. It is important as it is believed to contain relics of Lord Buddha.

Another important temple is the Wat Si Saket, maybe the oldest temple in Vientiane with a strong atmosphere. The Haw Phra Kaew temple, with its interesting architectural style, is now a museum.

After lunch, visit the Morning Market (which actually is open all day long) where merchants with indoor stalls sell almost everything.

Later visit either the Ban Nong Buathong weaving village to see how the villagers produce textile goods or the Textile Gallery run by an American, Carol Cassidy who employs many artisans working in a traditional Lao home.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 346

Itinerary

Day 1

Vientiane Airport to Vientiane Hotel

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Ansara Hotel

Ansara Hotel is Vientiane's small-size boutique destination that will delight the visitor at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Providing just 14 rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalized attention to our guests, catering to the needs of individual travellers and only accommodating parties not exceeding 8 people. Elegant yet relaxed, the hotel exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing their guests' needs for comfort and practicality.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Ansara Hotel

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    Ansara Hotel



    Ansara Hotel is Vientiane's small-size boutique destination that will delight the visitor at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Providing just 14 rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalized attention ...

    Ansara Hotel is Vientiane's small-size boutique destination that will delight the visitor at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Providing just 14 rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalized attention to our guests, catering to the needs of individual travellers and only accommodating parties not exceeding 8 people. Elegant yet relaxed, the hotel exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing their guests' needs for comfort and practicality.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 2

Full Day Vientiane with Lunch

After breakfast, depart with your guide to visit the highlights of the capital. Visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and over 6,000 Buddha images. Nearby is Haw Phra Kaew, which contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok. 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 Phra That Luang stupa. King Sethtathirat built this great sacred stupa, considered the national symbol, in 1566. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. Next take a visit to Talaat Sao (Vientiane's morning market), which despite the name is open all day! Take time to roam through the stalls displaying everything from Laotian woven textiles, souvenirs and fresh produce, to daily household items and imported goods from neighboring China and Thailand. Try some delicious local coffee and snacks while looking around. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, visit one of Laos' slightly stranger attractions--Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 this park on the banks of the Mekong River is the site of a large collection of many kinds of Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge and the National Cultural Park, also on the Mekong River bank. If you are interested in textiles and their production and time permits then pay a visit to Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles Gallery -- set in a traditional Lao home where you can see the silk weaving in process and view the unique textiles produced.

Duration9 Hours
Day 3

Vientiane Hotel to Vientiane Airport

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

2 nights accommodation, return airport transfers, sightseeing, service charge, room tax and baggage handling, and meals as indicated.

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4 Dec 2019
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