Vientiane, located on the north-eastern bank of the Mekong, serves as the capital of Laos. It has a relaxing atmosphere you won’t find in many capitals across the world – many travellers enjoy a relaxing riverside break with a cold beer and sunset views over the Mekong.

    Vientiane also has a diverse range of hotels, restaurants, and cafes, some of which occupying French-style villas dating back to colonial times. The city has plenty of Buddhist temples that serve the local community – you’ll see devotees offering gifts and getting blessed by monks year-round. If you’re travelling to the Lao capital for the first time, check out this guide on everything you need to know about Vientiane. 

    What to see & do in Vientiane

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    • 14 Best Things to Do in Vientiane

      Vientiane is known for its laidback atmosphere and it's true that life moves slowly here, attracting those who enjoy a peaceful, relaxed vibe. Exploring centuries-old Buddhist temples is one of the most popular things to do in the Lao capital, which you can do on foot, bicycle or tuk-tuk. Quirky markets sit next to the Mekong River, while...

    Where & what to eat in Vientiane

    • 14 Great Restaurants in Vientiane

      Restaurants in Vientiane include classy French and European venues, quaint cafes, and evening markets with dozens of food stalls in the city centre. Laos’ capital has a vibrant and diverse culinary scene, meaning that even the most adventurous of appetites can easily be satisfied. Take a walk around town and you’ll find everything from swanky establishments presenting dishes resembling fine...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Vientiane

    • 10 Best Shopping in Vientiane

      Some of the best places to go shopping in Vientiane include its traditional markets where you can experience the local lifestyle, shop for authentic souvenirs, and sample delicious Lao dishes. Rows of vendors set up shop along the Mekong River and you get to enjoy sunset views of the Lao capital during your visit too. Vientiane city centre has dozens...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Vientiane

    • 9 Best Nightlife in Vientiane

      The best nightlife in Vientiane shows that it has evolved from a sleepy little Mekong fishing town to a city lined with riverfront restaurants, cosy bars, and vibrant nightclubs playing modern tunes. The Laotian capital’s nightlife scene is more of a low-key affair, but that doesn’t mean quality and quantity have been spared. The ever-growing collection of places...

    Useful information

    Having some basic Vientiane information can be rather beneficial, especially if this is your first time travelling to the Lao capital. The centre of Laos’s culture, commerce and administration, Vientiane remains relatively traditional, with locals practising customs and beliefs that date back centuries. The Lao people are known to be very hospitable, but knowing basic etiquette really does go a long way here. Before starting on your sightseeing journey, have... Devamı

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