There isn’t much information about the giant reclining Buddha in Vientiane. I walked around the premises to find a plaque that described the temple but couldn’t find one. I couldn’t find the temple’s name until I looked at my Google Maps.
Wat That Kao
Vat That Khao, also known as Wat That Khao, is a Buddhist temple significant in the city’s religious sites. It is situated on Fa Ngum Quay, opposite the Royal Park and Don Chan Palace. The temple finds itself in the company of other notable attractions, such as Wat Phiavat, Wat Si Meuang, and the King Sisavang Vong Monument, creating a cultural and historical significance cluster.
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But where is it, really?
The giant reclining Buddha is adjacent to Wat That Luang, recognized as Laos’ most sacred and revered site. If you are facing the entrance of Wat That Luang, the giant Buddha is on the temple on your right. I’d recommend that you visit these two temples after 3 PM when the crowd is less. You’d appreciate the serenity and solemnity of these temples when only a few are going around.
Let me be clear: The stunning reclining Buddha is not inside Wat That Luang. Though they are in the same complex, both are in separate areas but side by side.
Where to stay in Vientiane
I’d recommend these two highly-rated hostels in Vientiane: Nana Backpackers Hostel and SYRI Guesthouse Hostel and Cafe. BOTH hostels have standard and dormitory-type rooms. They are also in the center of the city and within walking distance to all the sights you want to see in Vientiane. And if you are a wandering nomad, their wifi connection is good, too!
Bangkok to Vientiane by Train/Bus via Nong Khai
Well, there’s really no direct train from Bangkok to Vientiane. All you have to do is take an overnight train from Bangkok (Bang Sue Station) to Nong Khai Train Station (close to the border with Laos). You can buy your train and bus tickets here.
From there, you take a tuk-tuk to the border (20 Baht), cross the border, and then take a bus (35 Baht) to the Laos immigration border office. And once you pass the Laos immigration, take another bus to Vientiane Central Station (13,000kip).