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How to Spend 2 Days in Vientiane

How to Spend 2 Days in Vientiane

With two days in Vientiane, you can enjoy a thorough overview of this quaint riverside city, as well as discovering traditional farming lifestyles and minority villages in Laos’ charming countryside. You can watch the sun set over the Mekong, enjoy a traditional Lao sauna and massage, and savor both fine food and street food. This is how.

Day 1: Buddhist Beauty

**Morning:**Start your Vientiane experience by orienting yourself on a city tour. Visit timeless temples such as Wat Si Saket, Ho Phra Keo, Wat Si Muang, or Wat Sok Pa Luang, check off Patuxai (Victory Monument), and stroll along the Mekong. Cycle tours are a great way to get a handle on Vientiane.

**Afternoon:**Get out of the city for the afternoon in Buddha Park, an eccentric extravaganza of gargantuan concrete sculptures drawn from Buddhist and Hindu mythology by a Thai mystic. Capture classic photographs as you enter a giant pumpkin through a demon’s head or pose with a 3-headed elephant.

**Night:**The Mekong is one of the world’s great rivers. Take a stroll along the water at sunset, then relax and soak up the colors with a cold Beer Lao. Devote the evening to a street-food feast, perhaps at Ban Anou Night Market, where melt-in-the-mouth roast duck hangs right beside plates of deep-fried crickets or insect larvae.

Day 2: Country Colors

**Morning:**It’s in the countryside, not the city, that you’ll discover the beating heart of Lao culture. Many will choose to spend the day cycling through unspoiled countryside and Hmong villages, cruising scenic Nam Ngum Lake, or even hiking Buffalo Mountain in Phou Khao Khouay National Park.

**Afternoon:**Take some time to delve deeper into Lao culture in the city. Discover the rich textile tradition of the nation’s many minority groups; learn about the toxic legacy of the Vietnam War at charities such as COPE; or shop for fine silks and charming handicrafts at street markets, workshops, and boutiques.

**Night:**Ease away any aches and pains with an authentic Lao herbal sauna and massage, then treat yourself to an indulgent night out. Consider dinner and a show in a colonial-era mansion; splurge on fine French cuisine at the best prices on the continent; or discover how modern chefs are reinventing Lao classics.

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Evening tour- Sunset Vientiane Foodie

Evening tour- Sunset Vientiane Foodie

Spend an evening exploring the Vientiane Night Market on this culinary excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, experience this bustling open-air market on the banks of the Mekong River with a knowledgeable local guide. Get an insider’s view on the best food spots, enjoy an authentic complimentary dinner, and kick back with a cold BeerLao.
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  • 3 hours
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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

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Take a tour of the capital city of Laos and see what makes this historical destination so unique. You'll experience the quiet beauty of this peaceful town and make stops at some of its top attractions like Wat Sisake, the Presidential Palace and more. This is the perfect way for first-time visitors to get a taste of the city and oriented to its streets, people and culture. 
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  • 4 hours
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A Day Out and About at Nam Ngum Lake

A Day Out and About at Nam Ngum Lake

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Visit Laos’ Nam Ngum Lake on a day trip from Vientiane that provides the opportunity to enjoy a piece of the countryside with convenient transportation from the city center. Take a 1-hour boat ride on the reservoir, enjoy a traditional lunch and soak up the mountainous scenery and Vientiane Plain, where agriculture and archaeological sites dot the landscape.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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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
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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
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Half Day- Monks & Charities of Vientiane

Half Day- Monks & Charities of Vientiane

Shun the tourist sites for a deeper understanding of authentic Lao life on this uniquely enriching door-to-door tour. Get to know locals on a level you can only really achieve with a guide as you chat with monks at Wat Sok Pa Luang, meet workers at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center, and learn about the savage legacy of the Vietnam-American War at COPE. Discover traditional textiles along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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