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Pha That Luang Tours

Pha That Luang
With a history that likely dates back to the third century AD, the 148-foot-high (45-meter-high) golden stupa of Pha That Luang is Laos’ most important religious monument. Locals believe it contains a hair and bone from Buddha, and it’s the site of the country’s most important festival, Boun That Luang.

The Basics
There is a small charge to enter Pha That Luang, with an additional fee to rent a long skirt for purposes of respect. You don’t need to hire a guide or join a tour, but a good local guide can help introduce you to monks and explain the history of the site.

Pha That Luang is an essential stop on Vientiane city tours, whether by car, tuk-tuk, or bicycle. Travelers with limited time may prefer to visit as part of a Pha That Luang tour that not only includes door-to-door round-trip transfers but also checks in at other sacred sites such as Haw Phra Kaew and Wat Si Saket.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pha That Luang is a must for anyone with an interest in Lao history, religion, and culture.
  • This is a very sacred site, so dress respectfully, keeping your shoulders covered.
  • An icon of Vientiane, Pha That Luang features on Lao bank notes.
  • Pha That Luang is not wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Pha That Luang is located about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of Patuxai (Victory Monument) in Vientiane. If you’ve hired a bicycle, it’s easy enough to reach independently. If not, rather than haggle with tuk-tuk drivers, many prefer to join an organized tour or private tour that checks off other key Vientiane sites.

When to Get There
Pha That Luang is open from morning until late afternoon, seven days a week. At full moon in the 12th month of the Buddhist calendar (usually November), the stupa plays host to a 3-day festival, Boun That Luang, with processions, picnics, fireworks, a fair, and alms giving. While very crowded, it’s an excellent time to visit.

Understanding the Architecture of Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang has been reworked many times over, most recently in 1953, but the original structure was built in 1566. The gold-plated stupa soars over three levels, the bottom representing the underworld, the middle Buddhist teachings, and the third, with its towering spire, heaven or enlightenment. The spire also suggests an elongated lotus bud, a symbol of purity and faith.

Address: Th That Luang, Vientiane, Laos
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Private Tour: Half-day City Guided Tour of Vientiane

Private Tour: Half-day City Guided Tour of Vientiane

Delve into the culture and heritage of Laos' capital on this half-day private tour of Vientiane. Accompanied by a local guide, visit the city's most prominent sights, learning about Vientiane's history and spiritual traditions. Your first stop after getting picked up from your hotel is Vientiane's Wat Sisaket temple. Known for its cloister wall of over 6,800 Buddha statues, Wat Sisaket is the city's oldest surviving temple and is still in use as a religious site today. Head next to Wat Prakeo, which once served as the temple of the royal family, housed the Emerald Buddha for 200 years, and is now functional as a museum. Head to That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha before diving further into the country's heritage by visiting the Patuxay monument, which is known as Vientiane's Arc de Triomphe and stands as a symbol of Laos' independence.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Vientiane City Bike Tour

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Spend a morning or afternoon riding through the streets of Laos' capital city on this epic bike tour of Vientiane. Roll along the Mekong River, visit historic temples, ancient landmarks and learn about the history and culture of this unique destination. It's the perfect way to explore the city.
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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

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Take a tour of the capital city of Laos and see what makes this historical destination so unique. You'll experience the quiet beauty of this peaceful town and make stops at some of its top attractions like Wat Sisake, the Presidential Palace and more. This is the perfect way for first-time visitors to get a taste of the city and oriented to its streets, people and culture. 
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Vientiane and Luang Prabang are Laos’ biggest cities, each with their own unique character. Get to know both on this 4-day tour—start by admiring Vientiane landmarks such as Wat Sisaket, Patuxay Monument, and That Luang Stupa, then fly to Luang Prabang to visit the magnificent Vat Xieng Thong temple, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Mekong River, and browse the famous night markets.
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Even if you only have a day in Vientiane, get the perfect overview on this small-group tour. There’s no need to plan routes or haggle with tuk-tuk drivers: Your guide collects you directly from your door. See the city’s most important temples—Haw Phra Kaew, Wat Sisaket, Wat Si Muang, and Pha That Luang—as well as Patuxai (Victory Gate). Includes lunch, a Nam Ngum cruise, and a market visit.
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Private Vientiane's Must-See Sights and Buddha Park

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Delve deep into Lao spiritual traditions with a private guide on this cultural Vientiane day tour. Tour Patuxai, Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe, and three temples: Wat Sisaket, one of the city’s oldest, Haw Phra Kaew, once home to the Emerald Buddha, and Pha That Luang, a national icon. After lunch, spend the afternoon among the surreal sculptures of Buddha Park. Includes no-hassle 2-way transfers from your Vientiane hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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View the timeless temples, stupas and monasteries of Vientiane during a full day of sightseeing. Stroll along the banks of the Mekong River with your guide and learn about each historical attraction in the capital city. You’ll visit Vat Sisaket, Ho Phra Keo, Pha That Luang and Patouxai (Victory Gate). A traditional lunch at a local restaurant plus round-trip hotel transport are provided.
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Private Tour: Full-day Cycling The City Streets Vientiane with Buddha Park

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Get picked up from your hotel and enjoy the quick ride to your starting point, where you can get fitted with a comfortable helmet and have your bike adjusted before coasting off into the city. Start your day at Wat Sisaket, whose age-old edifice and thousands of Buddha statues barely survived the Siamese War of 1828. Nearby, listen to your guide share stories about the significance of the Ho Prakeo temple, and then continue on to Pha That Luang. Draped in gold, Pha That Luang has beckoned faithful followers to its sacred grounds since the 3rd century. Spend some time exploring Lao architectural features and find out how many times the stupa has been reconstructed as you chat with your private guide. Tuck into a lunch at a locally loved restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of Laotian specialties, catch a dye-making demonstration at a textile gallery, and then swing through one of the city's parks before you cruise back to your starting point and end you 2-wheeled adventure.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 7 days
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