Vientiane

Vientiane Overview

Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane’s deliciously relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is. After you’ve done the round of temples, the best thing to do here has always been to wander down to the riverside, relax with a cold Beerlao – the national beer – and watch the sun set over the Mekong. Today Vientiane is the largest city in Laos, with an estimated population of 210,000 in the city itself and some 700,000 in Vientiane Prefecture.

Get In

  • By plane: to Vientiane’s Wattay Airport (VTE), located 4km west of the city
  • By train from Thai’s town of Nong Khai
  • By road from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

Get around

  • On foot
  • By taxi
  • By tuk-tuk or jumbo
  • By bus
  • By bike

See & Do

  • Lao National Museum
  • Patuxai (Victory Gate)
  • COPE Visitor Centre
  • Talat Sao Morning market
  • That Luang – Vientiane Great Stupa
  • Wat Si Saket
  • Pha That Luang
  • Wat Si Muang
  • Wat Ho Phra Keo
  • Buddha Park
  • The project for the preservation of the old Vientiane Wall
  • Monk Chat at the Sangha College (Wat Ong Teu)
  • Lao Herbal Steam Sauna and Massage
  • Meditation at Lao Dhamma Center
  • Lao Textiles
  • The Art of Silk
  • Vientiane Night Market
  • Mulberries Lao Sericulture Company
  • Monument Books

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