Vientiane

Located on a wide bend of the Mekong River, this quaint and easy going capital city offers a range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes with French style architecture, a contrast to the old Buddhist temples dotted around.

Due to the city’s size, navigating the streets is easily done either on foot, by bicycle or by tuk tuk with the replica Arc de Triomphe (Patuxai) dominating the city centre.

High on your list of sights to see should be That Luang Stupa, which is a symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos.

The beautiful Wat Sisaket is a must and is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane.

Spend a morning exploring the Lao National Museum which displays an interesting mixture of revolutionary and contemporary exhibitions.

Travelling slightly further a far, popular day trips include Xieng Khuang or ‘Buddha Park’, and Vang Vieng, set amid spectacular scenery providing a natural wonderland for the adventurous.

Country Laos
Official LanguageLao (official), French, English,
CurrencyLao kip
Ansara Hotel

Ansara Hotel

Vientiane, Laos
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Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong

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Lao Orchid Hotel

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Vientiane, Laos
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Highlights of Laos

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Lao Cooking Class

Lao Cooking Class

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Vientiane, Laos
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Vientiane Surrounds

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Vientiane, Laos
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