Buddha Park makes no sense, which is why I like it. It's a park filled with Buddhist and Hindu statues about 25 kilometres from Vientiane. It was created in 1958 by a shaman-priest who integrated Buddhism and Hinduism. So, you'll see themes of both throughout the park.
The park itself isn't that big, but you can spend some time observing the 200 or so statues. Head up the pumpkin for a full view of the park. Note that the stairs are really steep and the ceiling is a little low. So if you're tall, you're going to have a bad time.
How to get there
Taking the public bus is the cheapest way to get there. You'll need to take Bus 14, which is located across the street from the main bus terminal on the market side. It's a green coach bus. The ride costs 6,000 kip one-way and takes about an hour. The bus is pretty nice and has leather seats as well as A/C. You'll know when to get off because you'll see the iconic statues.
To get home, wait at the bus station across the street from the park. There is a stand that offers cold drinks as well. The bus comes about every 20 minutes.
- There's an entrance fee of 5,000 kip and it's 3,000 kip for a camera. If you ride a scooter there, there's a parking fee of 5,000 kip.
- The park is opened from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- You can also take a tuk tuk or arrange with a tour company to get there, but it'll cost more.