Vietnam

Land of the Rising Dragon

Venture to Vientiane

Private Tour

Starting from $259 pp

Overview

Vientiane

Vientiane is not one of the largest capitals in the world but it does hold some hidden secrets. The imposing Patuxay Monument (Laos version of the Arc de Triumph) and the incredible golden stupa of That Luang, the country’s national monument are a must-see for every traveler. Wander down to riverside, sit and relax watching the sun set over the Mekong with an ice-cold Beerlao.

See a different non-touristic side of the city by starting with a unique tuk-tuk food tour. You will visit the local market near That Luang that comes alive at night. It is a firm favourite for locals but tourists are rarely seen. Visit the quirky but interesting Buddha Park which homes an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, a huge reclining Buddha and of course a giant pumpkin.

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane & Tuk-Tuk Food Tour

On arrival at Vientiane International Airport, you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative who will then transfer you to your hotel. In the early evening you will get the perfect introduction to Vientiane by taking a tuk-tuk food tour; sample some amazing food and get oriented with the city.

*(B)

Day 2: City Tour & Buddha Park

Start by exploring Vientiane’s capital and visiting the major sights of Wat Sisaket, the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo and the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The highlight of the morning is visiting the impressive sacred structure of the gold That Luang Stupa before pausing at the COPE exhibition centre. In the afternoon you get to discover the quirky yet impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside.

*(B)

Day 3: Depart Vientiane

Today you are free to enjoy your last day as you wish until we pick you up in plenty of time and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight home more.

*(B)

*Alternatively, you can extend your holiday for an extra night in Vientiane.

*Please see our list of activities that can be added to your getaway.

Activities

Night Food TourNight Food Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Visit the market near That Luang, wander and learn about different foods and Laotian dinner culture.  You will then get to try some tasty dishes as well as a Laos-style BBQ (sindat).

Guided City Tour with Buddha Park

Guided City Tour with Buddha Park
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 7 hours
Visit Thongkhankham market, Wat Sisaket, Wat Prakeo and the Patuxai Monument. See the golden stupa of That Luang and visit the COPE Exhibition Centre before driving to the impressive Buddha Park.  Upon returning to Vientiane we have the option of stopping at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips:

  • Climb to the top of the Patuxay Monument and get a different view of the city
  • Ask your guide to take you to one of the Vientiane’s hidden local noodle houses for lunch

Challenges:

  • Take the funniest picture at the Buddha Park and send it to us (Prizes awarded at the end of each season)
  • Climb to the top of the giant pumpkin at the quirky Buddha Park

For Families:

  • Fancy a spot of fishing? take a trip to one of the catch-and-release fish farms on the outskirts of the city.
  • Enjoy lunch at the family friendly restaurants of ‘Common Grounds’ and ‘Kong Khao’ with both having play areas
Information

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Laos by private vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.

Flights

We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.

Visa

A visa is required to enter Laos. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.

Insurance

Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.

Vaccinations

Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.

Currency

US Dollars (USD) are accepted in some places in Laos. You can exchange US Dollars for the local currency Lao Kip (LAK) once you arrive. For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

Responsible Travel

Asia for Expats is committed to promote tourism that creates better places to live in and better places to visit. As expatriates living in Asia we care about the people and regions where we travel. Please read our Responsible Travel section to find more.

Please note: 

Our prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are subject to changes and can only be confirmed after receiving an enquiry.

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We can tailor this experience to suit your needs. Please complete the enquiry form specifying any requirements or alterations to the itinerary.