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How to Spend 1 Day in Vientiane

How to Spend 1 Day in Vientiane

Even if you have only one day in Vientiane, you can get a very good overview of Laos’ sleepy capital. Besides touring timeless monasteries and Lao landmarks, learn about the consequences of the Vietnam War or Laos’ rich textile traditions, photograph the crazy sculptures at Buddha Park, and watch the sun set over the Mekong. Here’s how.

Morning: Tour the Temples

Buddhism is embedded deep into Lao culture, with many Lao men spending some of their life as monks. Discover it on a tour of timeless temples, such as Wat Si Saket, Ho Pra Keo, Wat Sok Pa Luang, or Wat Si Muang, coupled with Lao landmarks such as Patuxai (Victory Monument), the nation’s answer to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Some guided tours enable you to meet and mingle with the monks. Locals love to travel by bike, and pedal power is a great way to explore Vientiane’s flat and quiet streets.

Afternoon: The Concrete Jungle

Buddha Park, a green expanse outside the city covered in giant concrete sculptures from Hindu and Buddhist mythology, is a mecca for photographers and Instagrammers, and many visitors choose to spend the afternoon there. Alternatively, stay in Vientiane and learn about the consequences of the Vietnam War at charities such as COPE, which makes prosthetic limbs for the many thousands of Lao people injured by unexploded weaponry. Laos’ many minority groups produce startlingly beautiful textiles in materials including silk, as well as stunning handicrafts. Exploring workshops, markets, and boutiques is a rewarding way to spend the afternoon.

Night: Sunset Over the Mekong

Spend the evening discovering Vientiane’s vibrant street-food culture. Start with a cold Beer Lao beside the Mekong, as the sun sinks slowly into the calm waters of this majestic river and the street stalls fire up their grills. Then head to Ban Anou Night Market and join the locals in feasting on everything from grilled duck or pigeon to noodle soups, sticky rice, and insects such as crickets or bee larvae. A good guide will work as a translator and help connect you to the vendors. Wrap up the evening with a shot of the national spirit, lao lao (rice whiskey).

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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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Laos Cuisine Cooking Class in Vientiane

Laos Cuisine Cooking Class in Vientiane

Spend four hours working alongside local chefs during this popular Laos cooking class in Vientiane. Pick ingredients from the garden and learn about local herbs and produce that go into some of the nation's most flavorful dishes. Sample your creations and gain a deeper understanding of this cuisine during this memorable, interactive, small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.54
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Guided Vientiane City and Buddha Park Full-Day Tour

Guided Vientiane City and Buddha Park Full-Day Tour

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Soak up the charms of tranquil Vientiane on this full-day tour of the Laos capital. Marvel at the Siamese temple of Wat Si Saket, admire the ancient artworks of Wat Ho Phra Keo and take a peek at the grand Presidential Palace. Then, pose for photos by Wat Si Muang and climb to the top of the Patuxai monument for a spectacular city view. After breaking for lunch at a local restaurant (included), visit the famous Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan), shop for traditional Lao handicrafts and watch the sunset over the Mekong River.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.00
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Half-Day Vientiane City Bike Tour

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.67
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