Pha That Luang and Buddha Park visit in Vientiane - Laos



Towards the end of last year, during the festive season, I got to visit Vientiane – Laos, unlike other South East Asia cities I have visited, the city is extremely quiet and laid back of course. I was really shocked arriving on a Friday evening to an awfully quiet place. Having spent some time in Bangkok and arriving that evening from Hanoi, it was a major shift. There was no traffic jam, no hawkers crowding your space shoving things in your face, the streets were wide enough - well better than Hanoi - to manoeuvre around, I even got to ride a bicycle at ease without any fear.

Laos is a landlocked country occupying the northwest of the Indochina, surrounded by Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Burma. It is the poorest country in South East Asia and has fallen prey of the Vietnamese War and still feeling the aftermath of the war. There are still explosives planted during the America-Vietnam War that have not yet defused and thousands of Laotians are killed and severely injured by them every year. The capital city is Vientiane, the largest city in Laos located along the Mekong river banks. The city’s architect was highly influenced by the French, it can be seen from the vast mansions in the city. The streets are clean and easy to identify because of the names in each corner of the street. There is a lot you can get up to in Laos, like visiting the city’s home of the massive gilded Stupa - the Pha That Luang which is Laos National Symbol, visiting the Buddha Park which has over 200 sculptures which represent Buddhist and Hindu religion relations, museums, watching the sunset by the riverbank is also ideal, just to mention a few.

I got a chance to visit some of the attractions around Vientiane like the Buddha Park as well as the Pha That Luang

Buddha Park 
Famous for its 200 statues portraying both the Gods and Demons of Buddhism, the place is an attraction for tourists who are intrigued about the complexity of the Buddhist religion. From the reclining Buddha to the 12 headed statue, monsters and demons, these statues are all unique in their own way. We had to pay 5,000Kip for the entrance fee and people on that day were lucky to not pay any camera fee but normally an extra 2,000Kip is paid for the Camera. The place is not a temple but most people treat it like one.
How to get to the Buddha Park?
I would recommend renting out a TUK TUK, the park is located around 25 kms away from the centre. We rented a Tuk Tuk via our hostel and it was 25USD and the Tuk Tuk was big enough for 6/8 people but it was just 4 people. One of the most famous attraction you can see on your way to the park is the FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE – the bridge that connects Thailand and Laos along the Mekong River. The £19millon Bridge was funded and built by the Australian government with intention to help the country.




Pha That Luang


It's a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of the city and the most important national monument in the country. The temple is literally covered by gold, yes PURE GOLD and stands at 45m tall.

The entrance fee is 5,000 KIP - less than a dollar. In all honestly, there isn’t much to see inside besides being able to touch the GOLD walls, but its always nice to experience things for yourself right!!?
Like all other temples, it’s highly recommended that you wear clothes that cover your entire body, from legs to shoulder to enter the temple, however if you don’t mind paying an extra 5.000KIP, rock up in your shorts and a vest.
I would highly recommend young ones and everyone fit to rent out a bicycle, for a dollar, you get to use the bicycle the whole day and it’s the best and cheapest way for a tourist to move around the city.

You can literally cover the whole city in a day, we covered half of the city before I left the other guys I cycled with on that day to carry on other activities.


 
Tuk Tuk
Pha That Luang



I am hoping to visit Laos again in the future, to get to the other sides of the country and explore it even more. Vientiane was great and relaxing its a good city to go to if your want some quietness.

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45 comments:

  1. Wow, that is amazing. I love all those sculptures!

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  2. Those are some big sculptures! This would be so cool to see.

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    1. It's so cool. Asia is full of these in all sorts

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  3. I love that you explored the social and historical context. Buddhism is fascinating and I would love to find out more.

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    1. It's a really fascinating religion. You should explore South East Asia you'll get your money and time's worth.

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  4. This place is stunning and the sculptures are beaustiful.

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  5. Wow, what incredible beautiful scenery! What a dream vacation this would be.

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    1. Thanks. You should go on vacation this side. Its amazing i tell you.

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  6. Such a beautiful place! I'd love to go with a good book and just read in the quiet.

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  7. Laos is really so lovely. This is a nice place to go to for a relaxing afternoon! I'd love to visit the place someday.

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  8. Wow! It looks like an amazing place!

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  9. Oh my word, this is absolutely stunning. Such bright and vibrant photography. I have never been to Africa but it is on my bucket list as soon as I get up the courage to spend so many hours in an aircraft...

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  10. What a beautiful place. This will definitely be on my list of places to see.

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  11. Awesome pictures from an equally awesome looking place! :)

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  12. Your images are stunning! What an amazing place to visit on a vacation!

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  13. Wow this is really amazing and beautiful place, I want to go there one day with my husband.

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  14. This place looks amazing, I've never been there and I bet this place this year.

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  15. Laos looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I have not visited Laos yet.

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  16. This looks amazing! What a beautiful and majestic place to visit :)

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  17. I've never been to Laos...it seems a world away. What a beautiful place! The statues in Buddha Park are amazing too. You've got some amazing photos!

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  18. The architecture of those temples are amazing. I hope I can go there someday.

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  19. It's so beautiful! I'd love to visit there one day.

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  20. the buddha park looks really interesting and has a lot to see

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  21. wow what beautiful art work, amazing how it is all done so lovely

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  22. There is SO much to see there. It is incredibly beautiful. I really hope to go!

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  23. The photos are spectacular and beautiful. I have added Laos to my bucket list!

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  24. How beautiful. All of the Buddhas are just amazing.

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  25. Awesome photo wish you had pins on them so I could share. Seems like it a peaceful place to be.

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  26. That's really cool. I'd love to be able to visit the Buddha Park someday! The place is just full of awesome figures. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  27. Wow this looks stunning! I'd love to visit some day.

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  28. awesome imagery in a unique location.

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  29. Awesome trip! Love the pictures.

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  30. Those statues are absolutely amazing! I would love to visit there one day to experience them in person!

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  31. I've never been to Laos before. Wow the Buddha park would be my first stop. Those status are HUGE!

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  32. Very interesting that they charge you more to wear less revealing clothes.

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  33. what a pretty place, you are lucky to have seen that in person :)

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  34. I've never been there before, but it sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I'd love to be able to visit Laos one day. For me, I have to be content just browsing through your photos.

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  36. my dream to visit this place.its in my next year list. everything look so grand and gigantic here. full of history too.

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  37. I would like to visit Laos one day.
    Love exploring their heritage sites.

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  38. Your photos really captured the essence of the place. Great post

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  39. The Buddha Statue is so beautiful. Love to explore this place.

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  40. Your photo is very nice! Love it.

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  41. the buddha park looks really stunning! :D beautiful place to visit

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  42. Love this Buddha Park, the place is so big and beautiful! Although I'm not a Buddha, but would love to explore this place!

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