DAY 1: ARRIVE IN VIENTIANE
Saying “Sabbai Dee” (Hello) when arriving in Laos, will receive warm smiles from the friendly locals. Hugging a bend of the Mekong River, Vientiane is a quaint and easygoing place compared to other frenetic capitals in the region. Meet with your guide upon arrival. Stroll around the city and admire the French colonial architecture next to gilded temples. Spend your day visiting the city’s major historic sites including the serene Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple that survived the Siamese war of 1828 and housing over 8,000 Buddha statues. Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home of the Emerald Buddha statue today contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artifacts found in and around Vientiane. That Luang Stupa is the symbol of Laos and whose original, smaller stupa contain a piece of the chest bone of Buddha.
The Patouxay (the Arc de Triomphe), built recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars of the past, offers sweeping views of the city from the top.
Overnight in Vientiane
Note: All Museums in Vientiane close on weekends.
DAY 2: VIENTIANE TOUR (B)
Embark on a one-hour drive southeast of the city to Buddha Park built in 1958, a fanciful sculpture garden full of Buddhist and religious images which appear to be centuries old. Of particular interest is a giant concrete pumpkin, its three-level interior representing hell, earth and heaven. The statues are made of cement and are ornate, and sometimes bizarre, in design.
Return to your hotel to relax before visiting the weaving home-studio of Mrs. Carol Cassidy, an American textiles expert who arrived in Vientiane in 1989 as part of a United Nations project to promote traditional weaving, and who since set up the Lao Textiles Studio.
End the day watching sunset on the banks of the Mekong River.
Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 3: VIENTIANE DEPARTURE (B)
Explore the city at your own leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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