Muang La to Vientiane
Today you will fly to the capital city of Laos, Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met for your private transfer to Settha Palace, where you will stay for one night in a Deluxe Room. Enjoy time to freshen up before meeting your guide for your exploration of the highlights of Vientiane.
You will start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the only structure to survive the Siamese invasion of 1828 intact. Across the street sits Wat Ho Pha Kheo, reconstructed in the 1930s on the site of the original building. It once housed the Emerald Buddha, which now lives in Bangkok. Today it is home to a collection of Lao artistry and artifacts.
A short journey up Lane Xang street will provide you with a glimpse into the changing face of Vientiane. Here, modern structures mingle with ancient tradition. Visit Patouxai, the Lao Victory Monument. Wat That Luang, with its central lotus-bud spire and 30 surrounding stupas, is the most sacred structure in all of Laos. Pay a visit to the COPE Visitor Center for a moving insight into the “Secret War” which left Laos as the most heavily bombed country in history.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Xieng Khouan Buddha Park. Here a renegade monk formed his own sect and created magnificent and eerie statues out of concrete, based on Hindu, Buddhist and Brahman iconography. Upon completion of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel and can enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure.
Enjoy your stay at Settha Palace, located in the heart of bustling Vientiane. Settha was built around 1932 and has been painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory. Truly a testament to the era of elegance, service and charm!
Settha Palace Breakfast