This morning, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple that have escaped harm from the Siamese war of 1828 and contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo from the early time of Lane Xang Kingdom until 18th century, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha. That Luang is not just the biggest stupa in Laos but also the national symbol that is recognizable throughout the world and gathering place for national Buddhism ceremony; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane; After a full morning of learning about history of Laos through these important places of interest, it is time to have our lunch stop at Khop Chai Deu Bar Restaurant.
In the afternoon, we continue the tour to Carol Cassidy, a Gallery showcasing the traditional weaving of Lao textiles and natural dye making process from A-Z; Buddha Park on the Mekong where you find many Buddha statues in modern style and shapes, including the largest Reclining Buddha in Laos. They
were built by a local that was inspired to share the knowledge of the Buddhism religion with future generations after his study in India. A larger park was built in Nong Khai, Thailand where his body has been kept.
We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.
- English speaking guide
- Transport as mentioned above