To be honest Vientiane wasn’t a city that blew me away. However, if you are there I would highly recommend visiting Buddha Park. This is about the only thing that I have to recommend.
Technically, this park is actually just outside of Vientiane, but it is easily accessible by tuk-tuk. Prices to the park of course will vary depending on the driver and your bargaining skills- but nothing in Loas will break the bank. The park has a small fee and you can pay an extra fee if you want to bring your camera (totally worth it).
So what exactly is Buddha Park? It’s a famous sculpture park that has over 200 statutes all related to religion. But don’t let the name fool you- it’s not just about Buddha. What is so neat about this park is that the statues represent a mix of different religions. The statues were built by a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism.
My favourite statue was one that looks like a daemon’s head- and you can walk into it’s mouth! Inside of the statute there is even more to see.
There is a staircase inside and to be honest it was kind of creepy. The statues inside were of skeletons and snakes. As you got closer to the top though it got better- I think because you are getting closer to heaven. Eventually you will reach a ladder that you can climb up and it leads you to on top of the statue. This offers a beautiful view of the whole park. See, I told you that you would want to bring our camera!
The photo above is taken from on top of the daemon statue and you can basically see the whole park. It will take about an hour to wander around the park to see everything.