Vientiane

Pha That Luang Great Sacred Stupa

The Lao capital of Vientiane sits on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing across to the even sleepier Thai town of Sri Chiang Mai. Vientiane is a delightfully friendly city studded with crumbling French mansions, bougainvillea­-blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls, is somewhere between a big town and a diminutive city.

Its conveniently compact travelers’ enclave is based around Nam Phu, the Mekong riverside and Setthariat and Samsenthai streets.

Full of things to see, from Buddha Park to the Morning market and an impossibly rich selection of international cuisine – most pointedly French – visitors will find themselves slowly won over by the easy charms of this evolving backwater.

For many visitors, Vientiane provides the first taste of Lao food, culture and hospitality, and it does not disappoint on any count. Vientiane is probably one of the smallest capital cities in the world, so getting around is quick and easy.

Things to do in Vientiane


Presidential Palace, Vientiane

It is the official residence of the President of Laos, located very close to Wat Sisaket on the end of Lane Xang Avenue …

Avenue Lane Xang, Vientiane

Avenue Lane Xang, Vientiane

The Lane Xang Avenue is the main road from Patuxai to the Palace, Talat Sao Morning Market and Shopping Mall located in this road …

Wat Si Saket Temple in Vientiane

Wat Si Saket Temple in Vientiane

The oldest and most important temple in Vientiane, with an collection of 2000 Buddha statues it is a popular attraction in the capital of Laos. Si Saket Museum was built in…

That Dam Black Stupa in Vientiane

That Dam Black Stupa in Vientiane

Vientiane’s historical landmarks one of the few ancient stupas contains relics of Buddha, located in the heart of Vientiane not far from the morning market Talat Sao …

Patuxai Park in Vientiane

Patuxai Park in Vientiane

Patuxai is a great landmark in Vientiane, a small park surrounding this monument with a fountain, called also Victory Gate …

Lao National Museum

Lao National Museum

Houses enough relics of Lao history, culture, paleontology, archaeology and ethnology, the most important museums in the country …

Patuxai Victory Gate War Monument

Patuxai Victory Gate War Monument

The Arch or Gate of Triumph, Victory Gate of Vientiane, a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, located at the end of Lan Xang Avenue …

Pha That Luang Browse Great Sacred Stupa

Pha That Luang Browse Great Sacred Stupa

The Great Stupa the national symbol of Laos, most important Buddhist monument, 44 meters gold-covered large stupa, built by the Emperor Setthathirat in the 16th century …