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How to Spend 3 Days in Vientiane

How to Spend 3 Days in Vientiane

Three days in Vientiane is enough time to discover the city, explore a bit of the surrounding countryside, and delve more deeply into Lao food, handicrafts, and culture. You can pedal through sleepy villages, watch the sun sink into the Mekong, relax in a Lao sauna, hike country parks, and feast on the nation’s finest food. Here’s how.

Day 1: Monks and Demons

Start your Vientiane adventure by orienting yourself in the city. Besides historic temples such as Wat Si Saket, Ho Phra Keo, Wat Sok Pa Luang, and Wat Si Muang and landmarks such as Patuxai (Victory Monument), take the time to get educated on the Vietnam War’s devastating consequences at landmine charity COPE. Spend the afternoon at Buddha Park, south of the city, where giant concrete sculptures of deities and demons from Hindu and Buddhist mythology pay tribute to a mystic’s vision. Watch the sun set over the Mekong with a cold Beer Lao in hand, then discover local cuisine at a riverside restaurant.

Day 2: Villages and Lakes

It’s in Laos’ tiny villages, home to literally hundreds of different ethnic groups, that the soul of the country lies, so spend your second day in Vientiane exploring the countryside with a guide. A cycle trip is a great way to discover traditional villages, tranquil rice fields, and unspoiled forests. Alternatively, head to Nam Ngum Lake for a scenic cruise; many tours include stops at the Vang Xang ruins, a salt factory, and Hmong villages. Or head out to Phou Khao Khouay National Park to hike the slopes of Buffalo Mountain. Consider an overnight trip where you can mingle with locals in a simple homestay here. Assuming you’re not staying overnight, wrap up the day with a traditional Lao sauna followed by a street-food feast at Ban Anou Night Market.

Day 3: Culture and Cuisine

Many visitors will want to use their third day in Vientiane to see even more of the countryside around the city. Alternatively, take the chance to immerse yourself in Lao culture. Consider discovering the nation’s rich weaving traditions on a tour of workshops including Carol Cassidy Lao Textiles; go deeper into the world of food with a hands-on cooking course; or shop for handicrafts and fabrics at bustling street markets and intimate boutiques. Finish with an evening that harks back to the nation’s rich past, perhaps with dinner and a show in a colonial mansion, or fine French fare at a fraction of the price you’ll pay in Paris.

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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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Private Tour: Vientiane City Sightseeing and Buddha Park

Private Tour: Vientiane City Sightseeing and Buddha Park

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Uncover the secrets of Vientiane on this private full-day tour of the Laos capital. Make a beeline for the Buddha Park and learn all about the sacred site as you pose for photos amid a sea of Buddhas. After re-fueling with a delicious picnic lunch (included), return to the city to admire landmarks like That Luang, Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, and take in the views from the Patuxay monument.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.00
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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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Visit salt factory and Nam Ngeum dam, lunch on boat (Full day)

Visit salt factory and Nam Ngeum dam, lunch on boat (Full day)

we start from vientiane city on the road number 13 northern to vientiane province. The first place we will see salt factory, it is local factory then you will meet the electric city dam (kheun nam ngeum) and the end with visit laotian zoo
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$148.72
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Explore Vientiane and Local Villages Biking Tour

Explore Vientiane and Local Villages Biking Tour

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Spend the entire day exploring Vientiane and the surrounding areas by bike with this full day tour. You'll navigate back roads and city streets, cruise past the iconic Mekong River and escape the hustle of the capital on this popular day trip. Make stops in Ban Tanmixay Village, and learn about Hmong culture from your local guide. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a scenic stop at Ban Tontam, where you'll enjoy epic views of the surrounding mountains. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.00
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Vientiane : Discover 2 Days Of Trekking at Phou Kao Khouy & Homestay

Vientiane : Discover 2 Days Of Trekking at Phou Kao Khouy & Homestay

Phou Khao Khouay is a National Biodiversity Conservation Area, less than an hour from Vientiane. On this overnight tour, discover the stunning natural landscapes of Laos as you trek past beautiful waterfalls, wild orchid fields, and lush jungle. During your adventure, cruise along the Nam Mang in a longtail boat, hike the Tad Leuk Nature Trail, and spend a night at a homestay in Ban Hatkhai village.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$308.98
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