Not like a bustle of Bangkok or Hanoi capital, Vientiane has its own charms and yields surprises to those who spend a little time exploring. What will you do with 24 hour trip in Vientiane (Laos)? Here is the suggestion from our experience:
Visit Pha That Luang
This is where Vientiane gets interesting. Catch a tuk-tuk to Pha That Luang, the mesmerising gold covered buddhist Stupa. It is said to have been built in the 3rd century, and is looking radiant for it’s age! It also houses part of Buddha’s breastbone (yes, that Buddha), so if there is one thing you need to see in Vientiane, this is it.
A visit to Wat Simuang and have Baci ceremony
Being located in downtown Vientiane this temple is always busy with activity with many local and international visitors coming to the Wat to worship or sightseeing. They believe this is a sacred temple.
Baci experience is one of the spiritual activities travellers can be recommended in here. The ceremony involves a feast and tying strings or cloth bracelets around the wrists to wish people good luck and a healthy life. Baci is common Lao ritual widely practiced throughout the country and by other ethnic groups as well.
Go to the top of Patuxai
Patuxai, or Victory Monument, is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Vientiane. It is dedicated to the Laos who were killed in the fight to gain independence from France as well as from the Nation’s earlier occupiers, Siam and Japan. The Patuxai is open daily from 8am to 5pm. From the top of Patuxai, visitor can view the whole of square and capital. This will be a worthy experience for all travellers.
Go to Buddha Park
Xieng Khuan is an absolute must-see. It is more known under the name the Buddha Park, and the whole park is filled with more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. Some of them are enormous, a lot of them are a bit weird and what is absolutely amazing: you can go inside and on top of some of the statues! The big ball, for example, has three floors which represent hell, earth and heaven. On top of the ball, you have an amazing view over the whole park. The statues look ancient, but they are not. It was built in the late ’50’s by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a shaman who combined the Hindu and Buddhist religions.
Riding bike along Mekong river and enjoy Beer Lao, watch sunset over the Mekong
Riding along the old streets in Vientiane to view the temple and enjoy the pure atmosphere. Or you can pass through the Mekong River. One surprising you is that you cannot hear any vehicle’s horn in this city. Stopping by the river for a while and enjoying Beer Lao, watch the sun set over Mekong, you get a complete journey in Vientiane.
Explore the night markets
Every night, Chao Anouvong Park becomes a night market, full of all the touristy stuff you’ve come to expect on Southeast Asian travels. It’s energetic, colourful and fun; and the perfect place to snap up a few bargains
Enjoy Laos cuisine
Sure !!! Head into town via tuk-tuk and embrace the fresh and tasty local cuisine at Han Sam Euey Nong, on Chao Anou Rd. Tuck into the Lao version of Pho – it’s cheap, tasty.
Beerlao at Bor Pen Nyang
Finish off your busy day with a few icy cold Beerlao at the best bar in town – Bor Pen Nyang. This bar overlooks the Mekong and is busy with a mix of backpackers, expats and locals; perfect if you want to meet someone new and have a boogie.
Now, you finished your trip in Laos for 24 hours. Where do you want to explore?Please contact us, we will have the best advice for you: