Explore temples, monuments and museums as we ride around the capital of Laos, a cityfull of life and contrasts
Cycle around to see the most important sites in Vientiane and learn about why they significance to the national identity and the people of Laos.
Discover the important role of temples and Buddhism in Laos as our guides explain how they influence every aspect of Lao life.
Join us as we cycle around the capital of Laos, Vientiane. We will spend half a day visiting the most popular attractions in town. We start with a former temple that is now a museum and then ride to Lao’s holiest site before heading to a memorial for the fallen soldiers of Lao.
What Will You Do
We start the tour by riding to the religious museums of Wat Sisaket and Ho Prakeo. Wat Sisaket is the oldest temple to have survived the Siamese War of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues. Ho Prakeo was the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue, or Pra Keo, from the early Lane Xang Kingdom until the 18th century. Today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artifacts found in Vientiane.
We then ride our bikes to That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos. This Stupa was built to cover the original smaller stupa containing a piece of the breast bone of Buddha. That Luang is the largest stupa in Laos and serves as the main symbolic stupa for all of Laos. It’s also our national symbol, a gathering place for our national Buddhism ceremony, and recognised throughout the world.
We then ride to Patouxay, sometimes called the Arch de Triumph of Vientiane. This landmark is not as old as the other landmarks we visit but provides an interesting insight into Lao’s more recent and turbulent history. Despite its more modern history this is still an important landmark for the people of Laos and serves an important role in many national celebrations We then ride to our lunch, which is served in a local restaurant.
What to expect
We will be riding between locations. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to be able to ride a bicycle for half day. Be prepared to spend part of this time outside in the sun.
|Departure||Roughly at 9 am from Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 2 pm to Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|What to bring||Sunscreen, refillable water bottle, comfortable clothes for cycling and shoes. To enter temples you will need to wear nice clothes with covered shoulders. Women should wear skirts that cover the knees or bring a sarong that can be used as a skirt when entering temples.|
|What is included||English speaking guide, water, bicycle rental, all entrance fees, taxes, lunch|
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We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle. If you don’t have one we sell the 0,75 L Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office. At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.