Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos, is known for its beautiful architecture and laidback atmosphere. Vientiane is a good mixture of French colonial architecture and Buddhist temples, such as the golden Pha That Luang – the national symbol, Wat Si Muang - the most popular temple with worshippers in the city, and the National History Museum of Laos, where you will find several comrades like Ho Chi Minh, Marx and Lenin.


As the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, the low traffic density makes Vientiane a deliciously relaxing city, perfect for walking around to explore its hidden treasures. One of the best thing to do in Vientiane is to wander down to the riverside, relax with a cold Beerlao and watch the Mekong River at sunset! 


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Ideas for experiencing Vientiane

Vientiane City Tour

A city tour in Vientiane provides a comprehensive insight into this laid-back capital of Laos, exploring different highlights of the city including gilded temples and the country’s important monuments such as Pha That Luang and the Presidential Palace.

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Woven Silks of Laos

Located in a beautiful old French colonial house, the workshop is set up more as a work studio than as a shop. Here you can see the weavers working, learn about ancient technique Laos weaving, and also about the everyday life of the skilled weavers.

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Vientiane’s Night Market

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the largest city and the capital of Laos. The open air night market, that opens every day from the sunset, offers a great atmosphere and opportunities to bring home with authentic Lao souvenirs.

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