Day 1: Vientiane City Tour
Today enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means “the city of sandal wood”. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals. Your guide will pick you up at 09:00 this morning. Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.
Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered the guardian of the spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true.
Nestled near the morning market is That Dam. Also called the “Black Stupa”, the structure was once covered with a layer of gold which was stolen by the Thais during their invasion in 1828. From here, travel on to nearby Pangkham Street, with its plethora of tailor shops, and Nam Phou Fountain. Around the fountain are some remaining buildings from former Vientiane. End of Vientiane City Tour.
Tour price includes:
- Transportation into a A/C vehicle or by bike accordingly to your choice
- English speaking guide
- All entrance fees
- Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
- All permissions and local taxes
Tour price excludes:
- Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional Visits + Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters