Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes Overview: The capital of Laos, Vientiane is assembled from a collection of villages centered on Buddhist temples. Visit Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane to escape total destruction by a Siamese army in 1828. The Ho Trai hall contains 6840 Buddha images. Opposite is Wat Prakeo. The Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok was once housed here, just one stop on its travels from Northern Thailand. Unlike other temples, Wat Prakeo has never had monks in residence. Continue to That Luang, the holy of holies for Lao Buddhists. The great golden spire serves as a symbol for the country. Originally erected in 1566, it was remodeled during the 20th century. A photo stop is made at the Patouxai, or Victory Gate andfFinish off with a visit to a weavers' village.
Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)
Duration: At your pace Overview: Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. The best spot for photography here is on top of the giant pumpkin structure standing about three stories high. The entrance is crafted to look like a demon's mouth (about three meters high) with a stone ladder inside leading to a bird's eye view of the entire Xieng Kuan Park.
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