Vientiane, the capital of Laos didn’t host much to keep us there long and like many people do we used it as a stop-over before heading north. Drew and I decided we would make the most of our short stay there and head out to a few of the branded “tourist traps”. Buddha Park being one of the weird but most wonderful places we visited on our stay.
Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan is situated by the Mekong river southeast of Vientiane, Laos. It is the home to some amazing and bizarre Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. I was pleasantly surprised by this place, the grounds were lovely and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves other than a couple of Monks and locals seeing the sights.
You will find over 200 Buddhist and Hindu sculptures in the park, but the most magnificent being the rather large pumpkin looking thing as you enter the park, you enter through a demon’s mouth and walk around in a spiral up three stories each level representing hell, earth, and heaven. Each level has intricate sculptures depicting scenes of each hell, earth, and heaven then all of a sudden you pop through a small awkward hole and you are standing on the top of the structure (a total OH&S nightmare in any western country haha). The view from the top was beautiful and really gave you a sense of just how large Buddha Park is.
The park really is a sight to see and a lot of fun is to be had if you’re feeling like taking some funny photos with some of the sculptures. I would highly recommend visiting one of the few awesome sights in Vientiane!
Getting There: We hired a driver for the day to take us to see some of the main sights in Vientiane, we paid $50 USD for a full day 8 am – 5pm (we thought this was a bit steep, but our driver was amazing and became a bit of a tour guide as well). Buddha Park is located around 25km from Vientiane and not far up from the Friendship bridge that connects Laos to Thailand.
Entry: 5000 Kip = 0.77 AUD
Opening Hours: 0800 – 1600
Tips: Take a parasol or umbrella we went on a stinking hot day and it was great to help keep cool.