2 Night Sabaidi (Hello) Vientiane
2 Night Sabaidi (Hello) Vientiane Ref: 2LVST
2 nights Crowne Plaza Vientiane 4* or similar, Vientiane
1 x Deluxe Double/Twin Room
Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport, after clearing all customs procedures please proceed to the exit gate where your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore on your own.
Breakfast at your hotel.Vientiane Half Day Tour to the Buddha Park
Start Time: 09:00am
Duration: 3 Hrs
Spend a relaxing half day exploring Vientiane’s Buddha Park located 25 kms southeast of the city. Built in 1958, the park is a fanciful sculpture garden containing more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues including a quirky giant concrete pumpkin with a three level interior representing Hell, Earth and Heaven. Enter through the mouth of a 3 metre tall demon head and climb the staircases from Hell to Heaven. View sculptures on each level with a panoramic viewpoint at the very top level. Stroll around the park to observe the many concrete sculptures scattered throughout including characters from Hindu mythology, as well as animals, humans and demons. Most are larger than life and carved with intricate and often bizarre details. We will then return you back to your hotel.
Half Day Landmarks of Vientiane Tour
Start Time: 12:00pm
Duration: 4 Hrs
Spend a half day visiting some of Vientiane’s most significant landmarks. A world apart from other frantic Asian capitals, Vientiane retains a quiet and pleasant aura. Visit some of the city’s most notable Temples or Wats, including the Wat Sisaket, the only Temple left intact after the Siamese invasion of 1828 and famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images, Wat Ho Phra Keo, now a museum adorned with carved wooden features, a magnificent 16th Century lacquered door with Hindu carvings, numerous Khmer stone carvings and a variety of Buddha statues and the popular Wat Si Muang with its carved gold pillars, brightly coloured ceiling friezes and painted scenes from the life of the Buddha. We will also visit the Arc de Triomphe like Patuxai Victory Monument, a war monument dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. Notice the typically Laotian elements including the half woman half bird mythological creatures, which adorn the monument. End the tour with a visit to Pha That Luang, a large gold covered Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos. We then return you back to your hotel.
Cold Towels and Water will be supplied during the tour.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met and transferred to the Airport for your onward journey or departure flight home.
La Seine Hotel by Burasari 5* or similar, Vietiane
1 x Superior Room with Breakfast Daily included
Supplement From: AUD $25.00 per person per night
The Hungry Tuk Tuk Safari
Get your appetite ready for a foodie tour around Vientiane by Tuk Tuk. Vientiane is a foodie’s paradise just waiting to be devoured. During this gourmet safari, visit local restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries, markets, factories and outdoor kitchens – so you can sample a smörgåsbord of authentic and modern Lao food. See how the Kao Larm (sticky rice and coconut snack roasted in bamboo tubes) is made and try it fresh from the oven. Observe the busy and hectic activities of a local market while sipping on a traditional Lao coffee. Lunch today will be at the most popular Kao Piak (handmade rice noodles in soup) shop in town. Here you can go inside the kitchen and watch the preparation for the lunchtime rush. Learn how to make the traditional Tham Mak Houng (green papaya salad) and also visit the Xaoban homemade yoghurt factory. Have a famous Beer Lao and some deep fried bugs at a popular beer bar on the Mekong for a true local dining experience.
A Day Living Lao
Go on an insider’s safari around Vientiane by Tuk Tuk. We’ll take you off the beaten path to a few places that only locals know. You will get to know more about Laos and Vientiane in particular and experience the everyday lives of the Lao people. See how Kao Larm, a local specialty snack is made and try them fresh from production. Observe the lively local market while sipping on a traditional Lao coffee. Visit the workshop of a family run silversmith producing intricate traditional and modern pieces and the COPE Visitors Centre where you will get to know more about the ongoing challenges with unexploded ordinance (UXO) the people face on a daily basis. Visit Simeuang Temple and learn to make Buddhist banana leaf and wax flower offerings.
Rice Farm by Tuk Tuk
Visit an organic rice, fish and vegetable farm on the outskirts of Vientiane by Tuk Tuk. The farm is run by a non-government organisation using traditional farming methods, a perfect place to try your hand at rice farming, which is common in both Laos and its neighbouring countries. The friendly farmers will show you how to get your feet wet planting rice seedlings or if it’s the harvest season, you will get to cut and thresh your own rice for lunch! Travel to a nearby spot for fishing, collect fresh duck eggs, learn about organic fertiliser and how it is made, and harvest fresh seasonal organic vegetables and bamboo. At the end of the day you will cook them up and enjoy a traditional lunch with the day’s harvest.
A tourist visa should be obtained in advance. It is not possible to get Visa upon arrival.
Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures, taking note that some South East Asian countries take up a full page for the visa sticker and need yet more space on a separate page for entry and exit stamps.
Please contact Europe Holidays for any visa service or guidance. Please note the following general information is subject to change concerning visas.
Trip and Travel Insurance:
The tour price does not include personal insurance. Travellers are highly recommended to purchase Travel Insurance upon commitment of the booking. Europe Holidays can assist with your travel requirements.
Travel Advice for New Year:
If the dates of travel fall during Pi Mai Lao, the Lao New Year (Apr 14 – 16, 2022), many shops and businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule although most restaurants remain open. As it is a tradition to splash water on each other to bring good luck during this period, travellers should take care of their phones, cameras and laptops. Additionally, travel times might need to be adjusted during this period as some festivals are held in the streets and cause small delays.
Prices From: AUD $589.00 per person (Based on Twin/Double Share Low Season)
Low Season Dates: May-Sep.
High Season Dates: Jan-Apr and Oct-Dec excluding Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) 14 Apr-16 Apr 2022.
* Local City Tax not included. Prices and availability subject to seasonality.