This morning you will be driven out to Buddha Park. The drive takes around 45 minutes, along a road which serves as an important link between the Lao capital and Thailand. On the way, stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand.
Arrive at Buddha Park and enjoy a stroll around the park. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Lao shaman. The concrete sculptures are bizarre but intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
After visiting Buddha Park, start the drive back to Vientiane. En route, stop at the Lao Disabled Women Development Centre. This centre aims to bring knowledge and skills to disabled women so that they can become self-sufficient and productive members of the community. A visit to the centre provides you with the opportunity to talk to these women and to observe their skill at creating handicrafts such as handmade paper. (Note: Subject to change without prior notice from the suppliers).
You will return to the city around lunch time and can be dropped off at the airport to catch a flight to Xieng Khuang.
Suggested flight: Lao Airlines QV401, departure from Vientiane at 1510, arrive in Xieng Khuang at 1540.
Upon arrival in Xieng Khuang, guests will be met by a guide and private car and transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Xieng Khuang is a town that has been totally rebuilt after it was destroyed during the secret war in Laos. The town is now located 30km away from where it was originally. Today, Xieng Khuang, locally called “Phonsavan”, is the gateway to the Plain of Jars.
After checking into the hotel, guests can enjoy a city tour and visit the MAG Centre in the town. MAG is a humanitarian organization dedicated to clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide. Laos is the most heavily bombed nation in the world (per capita). Free entry, open every day from 08:00–20:00.
Overnight in Xieng Khuang