Built on the banks of the Mekong, Vientiane is a charming capital city filled with decadent French mansions and bustling streets. Brimming with noodle stands and colourful bougainvillea
- Wander and explore the small markets and eat delicious local food
- Visit 'The Spa', a quick tuk tuk ride takes you to the best value treatments in town, set in a calm oasis
- Give something back by visiting the COPE Visitor Centre – part of the National Rehabilitation Centre offering help and support to land mine victims
More about Vientiane
Vientiane is often overlooked by passing travellers but it does have a lot to offer, from the several temples, or wats as they are locally known, Buddha park and the enchanting morning markets, offering treats from all over the country. With Patuxai, Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe, Pha That Luang - Laos’s most important monument to Buddhism and Wat Si Muang, there are some genuinely worthwhile sites to visit.
That Luang is the most revered of all the religious sites and is the focus of a major festival held each February when the local people dress in their finest clothes and pilgrims come from miles around to worship. Vientiane may not have the vivid colours and offerings of Luang Prabang but it does offer a different perspective of Laos.