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Full Day City Tour & Buddha Park
Enjoy a full day tour of Laos’ capital city, Vientiane. Visit serene temples, impressive monuments and the somewhat surreal Buddha Park. You will also visit two of the city’s charitable organisations; COPE and the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre.
During the tour you will visit three of Vientiane’s most important religious sites; Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Keo and That Luang. Whilst Wat Sisaket is fairly unassuming from the outside, the temple is home to thousands of Buddha statues made from a variety of materials. Wat Phra Keo is one of the oldest temple buildings in Vientiane. It is no longer an active temple, but instead acts as a museum, displaying wonderful sculptures and artwork. That Luang is arguably the most revered monument in Laos. The large stupa, which is covered in gold, is believed to contain a piece of Buddha’s breastbone. During your tour you will also visit Patuxay, a war memorial reminiscent of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. Climb to the top to take in extensive views of the city.
Stop off at the COPE Visitor Centre. COPE, which stands for Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise, helps those who have been injured by landmines. Laos was heavily affected by mines laid during the America-Vietnam War, and UXO (unexploded ordinance) remains an ongoing issue. During your time at the centre you can learn about this tragic portion of Laos’ history, but also about the positive work that has been done to help those affected. You will also visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre, which aims to overcome the stigma attached to disabled people in Laos. The centre empowers disabled women through education and training programmes.
The Buddha Park is located around 25 kilometres outside Vientiane. The park is home to more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues, some of which are rather unusual, or have curious details. The park was constructed in 1958, but the weathered condition of many of the statues make them seem older. Walk through the carved mouth of a demon and climb to the top of the central temple to take in views of the park from above.
Back in the city, your tour will usually finish with a stroll along the banks of the Mekong, where you can enjoy some snacks and drinks from the stalls that begin to open as the evening draws in.
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