Vientiane City Tour and Buddha Park
This fascinating full-day tour takes in the glorious Wat Sisaket, home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues, Wat Prakeo, which now serves as the museum of arts and antiques and the imposing Patuxai Monument, which resembles its Parisian inspiration, the Arc de Triomphe. The climb to the top offers great views over Vientiane. The tour continues to take in Laos’ national icon, the golden stupa of That Luang. The final visit of the morning is the highly insightful COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos, unexploded ordnance.
In the afternoon the tour continues to the impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the banks of the Mekong River. Upon returning to Vientiane there's the option of stopping at the Lao Disabled Women's Centre, which provides valuable training and schooling for disabled women in Laos. The women here are incredibly friendly, and its interesting to have a chat with them to find out about their lives.
A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.