3 Days A laid-back time in Vientiane

3 Days A laid-back time
in Vientiane

The Laotian capital comes with ample surprises to enthral visitors continuously

WHY THIS TOUR?

Vientiane is not your average capital. Heavily influenced by the French, the seat of the Laotian government lacks aspects of what is commonly defined as a hustle-and-bustle metropolis where time moves fast.

The contrary is actually the truth; tree-lined boulevards with small coffee corner, temples and religious shrines where a coming-and-going of the faithful may be the only traffic jam during that day, and where life takes on an even slower pace when settling down along the Mekong for the sun to set. The aura of Laos’ kind-hearted city flows, not inadvertently, also further afield. A slightly different approach of Vientiane’s artistic and warm-hearted side comes in the shape of this almost full day exploration of the often overlooked side.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 3 Days A laid-back time in Vientiane

Day 1

Arrival Vientiane – Vientiane                                                                                        [-]

Guests are warmly welcomed by our airport representative before being transferred to your booked accommodation in the heart of the Laotian capital. Laos’ national capital Vientiane offers a blend of French-colonial architecture and Asian spirituality, most notably the golden 16th-century Pha That Luang – the nation’s symbol of independence and sovereignty. Visitors can stroll along smart tree-lined boulevards and enjoy drinks at Fa Ngum, a pleasant road adjoining the Mekong River.

No lunch is included

The rest of the day is at leisure. Modern-day Vientiane has many surprises for the more discerned explorer. The capital does not represent your typical thought when you compare this with any other capital in South-East Asia. Built along the curve of Mekong River this endearing town simply breathes a relaxed, timeless atmosphere. Even though small in size, this French-influenced example has long been praised for its simple pleasures found in abundance; small cafes that serve excellent croissants with a good cup of coffee and colonial style buildings.

No dinner included

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Vientiane

Day 2 | 3 Days A laid-back time in Vientiane

Day 2

Vientiane                                                                                                                                         [B]

Breakfast is included at your booked hotel in Vientiane

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and driver for a brewing-filled morning. Unbeknownst by many, Laos has stayed under the radar as a coffee nation to be reckoned with. With quite a number of coffee shops, guests will head out to the “Bean Discovery”, a dedicated workshop lasting one hour that goes deeper into the art and cultivating of Laotian coffee. Guided by a local coffee professional at their own little caffeine-rich roasting establishment, guests where you will be explained about all aspects of the coffee culture and its processes. A hands-on part of coffee making is brewing your own cup in true Laotian style as your reward to confirm this authentic experience.

Continue to one of the main temples in Vientiane. Wat Si Saket is Laos’ only temple that survived the Siamese invasion in 1828 which devastated most of Vientiane. It is also the capital’s oldest Buddhist temple. Wat Si Saket has an ornate design with a five-tiered pitched roof adorned with serpents and a pretty floral ceiling in the ordination hall. A museum now resides in the cloister housing over 10,000 Buddha sculptures images with the oldest dating back to the sixteen century.

The morning ends with entering the spiritual realm of the Ho Phra Keo, also known as Haw Phra Kaew. It is one of Laos’ most highly revered temples which is surrounded by well-maintained gardens. It was built as a temple for the royals in 1565 when the capital was moved from Lan Xang Kingdom to Vientiane by King Setthathirath and enshrined the Emerald Buddha until 1779 when it was moved to Thailand. Ho Phra Keo was destroyed during Siamese invasion in 1827 and its current structure dates from 1942. Today it is a museum of Buddha images, wood carvings, Khmer inscribed stone slabs and an ancient stone jar from the Plain of Jars.

No lunch is included

After lunch, we leave the city borders of Vientiane in south-eastern direction to a unique and responsible part of the country. We start the afternoon with a visit to a responsible project. The Lao Disabled Development Centre is a non-government organization delivering free education and support to the disabled females in the Laotian society. Women from across the country are able to come, live and study here to become valuable and contributing members of the Laotian population. The whole centre is maintained through donations: contributing and visiting this centre of hope and empowerment directly contributes to the wellbeing of disabled women.

We end the day at the outskirts of Vientiane on the Mekong River. The Buddha Park is a vast manicured garden lined with trees that is home to over 200 concrete sculptures of Buddha, Hindu Gods, demons and mythological creatures of different sizes. The park’s most striking sculpture is a huge pumpkin with three levels representing earth, heaven and hell which can be explored via a staircase and at the top offers spectacular views of the park. Despite its interesting sculptures, Buddha Park is not a temple although locals regularly frequent the park to worship its religious monuments like its large reclining Buddha. After this visit, we head back to Vientiane and your hotel.

No dinner included.

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Vientiane

Day 3 | 3 Days A laid-back time in Vientiane

Day 3

Vientiane – Vientiane Departure                                                                                          [B]

Breakfast is included at your booked hotel in Vientiane

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from your Vientiane hotel back to Wattay International Airport, you will be leaving Vientiane. Your transfer to the airport will be without guide assistance.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • All transfers with air-conditioned vehicle with driver only
  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at selected resort in Vientiane
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Other transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It 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
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control

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