Vientiane

The capital city of Vientiane is often peoples first glimpse of Laos and it certainly creates a great first impression. Despite being the capital, Vientiane epitomises Laos perfectly, laid back, sleepy and charming. Close by are areas of impressive natural beauty, including the limestone karst region of Khammoune, and soft adventure options in the riverside town of Vang Vieng.

City Tour. With its tree lined boulevards, fading French colonial arctitecture and impressive National monuments and temples, a Vientiane city tour is a must. Our tours incorporate Wat Prakeo a former royal temple now housing the finest collection of Lao art in the country…, a local fresh market, Laos national icon, the beautiful golden That Luang Stupa and Vientianes very own Arc D'Triomphe, Patuxai which offers superb views of the city. The best way to finish the day is with a cool drink at one of the many bars overlooking a sunset over the Mekong River.

Buddha Park. Located about 30 mins outside the city centre, Buddha Park is a bizarre yet fascinating collection of Buddhist sculptures created by a local artist around 40 years ago. Some of the unique sculptures include…. This tour is an ideal half day excursion.

Nam Ngum Lake. A peaceful day trip to experience the countryside is to head north to the vast Nam Ngum, enjoyed by both locals and foreigners alike. This can be combined with a boat trip or short trek in nearby Phou Khao Khuay National Park.

Vang Vieng. Just 3 hours drive north of Vientiane, Vang Vieng is the ideal stop off point on the road journey to Luang Prabang. Vang Vieng itself is simply beautiful, offering dramatic limestone karst scenery amid a riverfront setting. One can enjoy a visit to the local caves and take a pleasant boat trip on the Nam Song River, but really this is the place to come for soft adventure, trekking, cycling, kayaking and rock climbing is all possible here.

Khammoune. Get on the road and travel 5 hours south of Vientiane and you will discover an undiscovered gem in Khammoune province. An excellent 3day 2 night extension tour from Vientiane would include a boat trip on the beautiful Hin Boun River to Kong Lor, a cave over 7km long that you can travel right through by boat. Time is also spent in the Mekong Riverside town of Thakek, displaying some fantastic faded French colonial architecture.

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