Exploring the Capital, Vientiane
1 Day Trip
Meal: Lunch at local restaurant
Begin your day with a trip to Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles workshop (close: Saturday & Sunday) – the studio creates woven art specializing in 100 percent hand-woven silk. After observing the spiritual activities, visit to That Luang Stupa, is a gold covered stupa. The stupa is believed to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Yearly procession and ceremony are held to pay respect to the great stupa including alms giving, wax castle procession, traditional music and songs, Lao Hockey game, and night fare. Up on our return, a guided walk around the victory monument – Pratuxai – built in 1957 and dedicate to those who fought for independence from France.
Afternoon, pay a visit to Wat Si Muang, the country most well-known worship site and home of the Guardian spirit. The temple believed to be drawn by its good luck or good fortune power, and It is also the presence of city pillar. Afterward, swing by the COPE visitor center where you will learn about UXO “Unexploded Ordnances” problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR “Centre of Medical Rehabilitation” to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs. Inside the COPE Visitor Centre, you will find our gift shop where you can purchase t-shirts, postcards, and other items or simply make a donation. There is also a documentary on the project, please ask if you wish to watch them. End our day with a nice sun set walk along the Mekong River at Chao Anouvong Park, some are here for outdoor work out, jogging; dancing. Nonetheless, many food stores at the night market there for you to try.