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  • Vientiane Capital

    • Located: on a curve of the Mekong River (Central Provinces)
    • Total area: 3,920 square kilometers
    • Population: 768,743
    • 09 Districts: Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Xaysettha, Sisattanak, Naxaithong, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Sangthong & Pak Ngum
    • Capital of the province: Vientiane

    Laos’s capital as well as its largest city, with a population of about 750,000 people, Vientiane is situated on the Mekong River in north-central Laos, near the country’s border with Thailand. Vientiane has long been popular with adventure travelers for the access it provides to both northern hill-tribe areas like Luang Namtha and southern destinations like Pakse and the “4,000 Islands” stretch of the Mekong. Today, it is also increasingly being seen as a destination in its own right: a relaxed, verdant city that is home to beautifully preserved temples, a wealth of markets and shops, and luxury accommodation as well.

    Browse Vientiane’s Talat Sao Market for bargain trinkets and memorable souvenirs; explore the That Luang Stupa, a veritable national treasure of Laos; or stroll along Vientiane’s waterfront, dotted with French-era structures.

    Handicrafts & Textiles
    Visit some of Vientiane’s more interesting private shops, such as Sandra Yuck’s Caruso gallery of ebony wooden creations and Carol Cassidy’s Lao Textiles. Meet wood- and stone-carving experts, who can offer hands-on demonstrations, and stop by the Vientiane Silk Museum, recognized for its fine collection.

    That Luang Stupa
    Visit the striking golden That Luang Stupa, Vientiane’s most revered temple and Laos’s national monument, which is attended daily by numerous local pilgrims. Originally built in the 3rd century as an Indic temple, it was converted into a Khmer-style structure in the 13th century. Later European visitors to Laos, including Dutch and French explorers, marveled at this magnificent structure and memorialized it in writing and drawings.

    Family Dinner
    In the evening, a prominent local family will host you for a dinner prepared by one of Vientiane’s premier chefs. Laotian food is a spicy melange of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, never served without sticky rice and the ubiquitous local chili paste.

    Riverfront Walk
    Go for a brief stroll along Vientiane’s river walk to become familiar with central Vientiane, situated on a scenic bend of the Mekong River. The river walk is lined with a number of boutique restaurants and cafes.

    Talat Sao Market
    Visit Talat Sao Market, a covered two- tory structure selling all sorts of produce and household goods. There is unfortunately a large four-story mall nearby that caters to expatriates and locals alike, but Talat Sao is still authentic and has many delicious food stalls with Lao snacks and jars of snake wine, a local favorite.

    Patuxay Monument
    Visit Patuxay Monument, considered to be Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe, with influence from Lao Buddhist architecture. Designed by Tham Sayasithsena, the monument features four archways facing each cardinal direction, and was erected as a tribute to those who fought for independence from France in the 1950s.

    Night Market
    Visit Vientiane’s night market, located along the Mekong River on Fa Ngum Road. Browse through a number of locally produced handicrafts, clothing and other goods for sale.

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream

    11
    Days
    Vientiane → Sanakham → Pak Lai → Park Bor Village → Mouang Khai Village → Luang Prabang Province → Oudomxay Province → Pak Beng → Chiang Khong → Laos Cruise
    Enjoy the adventure of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this "Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream" trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed...
    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Upstream

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Upstream

    11
    Days
    Vientiane → Sanakham → Pak Lai → Park Bor Village → Mouang Khai Village → Luang Prabang Province → Oudomxay Province → Pak Beng → Chiang Khong → Laos Cruise
    Enjoy the adventure of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed residents to nature reserves brimming...
    South of Vientiane (6D5N)

    South of Vientiane (6D5N)

    6
    Days
    Vientiane Capital → Kong Lor Caves → Khammouane → Thakhek → Savannakhet → Pakse → Wat Phou → 4000 Islands
    Starting from the capital of Vientiane, embrace the spirit of Laos with a 6-day adventurous journey to the south of Vientiane, traveling to the awe-inspiring Kong Lor Caves and Thakhek, a sleepy riverside town. Continue southbound to the Champasak province where Lao ancient history...
    Natural Wonders of the Central & Southern (6D5N)

    Natural Wonders of the Central & Southern (6D5N)

    6
    Days
    Vientiane Capital → Kong Lor Caves → Khammouane → Thakhek → Savannakhet → Champasak → 4000 Islands → Wat Phou
    Our "Natural Wonders of the Central & Southern" will give you an opportunity to step off the beaten path and dive deep into the heart of the country. Be immersed in Lao life while discovering small unique towns and charming villages. Visit breath-taking nature...
    Vientiane Capital Buddhism & Nature (4D3N)

    Vientiane Capital Buddhism & Nature (4D3N)

    4
    Days
    Vientiane Capital → Orchid Farm → Ban Hatkhay → Tad Saang Waterfall → Nam Leuk
    Experience the tranquility and serenity of Laos through a journey of its unique religion and nature. Visit tranquil and peaceful Buddhist temples where local people partake in deeply spiritual daily rituals. Get some soft treks through a National Park to seek out exotic wild...
    Bangkok to Laos (10D9N)

    Bangkok to Laos (10D9N)

    10
    Days
    Bangkok → Ayutthaya Historical Complex → Luang Prabang → Vientiane Capital → Pakse → Cruises → 4000 Islands → Don Khong
    Recently voted as the one of the most favourite destinations in the world by the New York Times, Laos, or more accurately Luang Prabang, has finally managed its way onto many must-visit lists.   Although the tranquil town of Luang Prabang with its temples, golden chedis...
    Laos In Style (6D5N)

    Laos In Style (6D5N)

    6
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves → Ock Pop Tok → Vientiane Capital
    Discover the unique charm and beauty of Laos in this journey through the kingdom formerly known as Lang Xang, the Land of Million Elephants. Relaxing in some of Indochina's most elegant hotels, you will have the chance to taste the distinctive atmosphere in Luang...
    Unique Muang La (8D7N)

    Unique Muang La (8D7N)

    8
    Days
    Vientiane Capital → Oudomxay → Muang La → Muang Ngoi → Nong Khiaw → Luang Prabang
    This trip will take you from the busy city - Vientiane to Muang La, the hidden gem of Oudomxay province in the North of Laos. In here we will visit an Ikhos village and a Hmong village: two of the many ethnic groups in...
    Highlights of Laos (8D7N)

    Highlights of Laos (8D7N)

    8
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Vientiane Capital → Pakse → 4000 Islands
    Discover Laos in on an eight day tour of all the highlights of Laos, that strikes an ideal balance of cultural landmarks and natural wonders. From Luang Prabang with its golden temples and saffron robed monks, head south to the sleepy capital of Vientiane....
    Laos In Depth (12D11N)

    Laos In Depth (12D11N)

    12
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Kuangsi Falls → Xieng Khouang → Plain Of Jars → Vang Vieng → Vientiane Capital → Pakse → Champasak → 4000 Islands
    Still relatively untouched by tourism, Laos represents a glimpse of a traditional Asia that has all but disappeared. Explore this beautiful, tranquil country on a Laos 12-day comprehensive...
    Thailand Laos Explorer Tour (13D12N)

    Thailand Laos Explorer Tour (13D12N)

    13
    Days
    Bangkok → Chiang Mai → Chiang Rai → Golden Triangle → Huay Xai → Pakbeng → Luang Prabang → Vang Vieng → Vientiane Capital
    Explore the best of Northern Thailand and Laos on this extra-special 13-day tour. With vibrant cities, see towering mountains, dense jungle, waterfalls, elephants, and bustling markets. Learn to cook delicious Laotian cuisine and have plenty of time to just relax amid some of the...
    Settha Palace Hotel

    Settha Palace Hotel

    Built in 1932 and restored to its former charm in 1999, the French colonial-styled 43-room hotel is ideally located near the city’s commercial district. The Settha Palace is just a 10-minute drive from the Wattay International Airport and a 25-minute drive to Thadeua on...
    Ansara Hotel

    Ansara Hotel

    Ansara Hotel is Vientiane’s boutique destination that will delight the visitor at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, with just 24 rooms and 4 suites, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Elegant yet relaxed, it exudes...
    Green Park Boutique Hotel

    Green Park Boutique Hotel

    Green Park Boutique Hotel captures the best elements of contemporary architecture in Laos. The elegance of the interior, both historic and modern, and the glorious setting are combined to create a distinguished feeling of style, luxury, and relaxation in the Laos capital. Indulge in...
    Salana Boutique Hotel

    Salana Boutique Hotel

    Salana boutique hotel is centrally located in Vientiane, placing guests in the center of all the hustle and bustle the city has to offer. Salana Boutique Hotel offers a wide selection of rooms which include superior, deluxe, and Salana suites. Each guestroom is tastefully...
    S Park Design Hotel

    S Park Design Hotel

    Nestled in the heart of Sikhottabong District, S Park Design Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Vientiane. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy...
    Somerset Vientiane Residence

    Somerset Vientiane Residence

    Strategically located on the junction between Rue Samsenthai and Rue Setthathilah, Somerset Vientiane is just minutes away from the iconic statue of King Fa Ngum, the first king of the Laotian Kingdom of Lan Xang, and an important landmark in the city. The serviced...
    Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

    Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

    The small, contemporary hotel has a lobby decorated with sculptures and artwork, and provides 16 tastefully-designed guestrooms. The Beau Rivage Hotel is within walking distance to Wat Seetarn Neau Temple and Vientiane’s city center, where guests will find many shops and restaurants. The three-star hotel...
    Mandala Boutique Hotel

    Mandala Boutique Hotel

    Renovated in 2012, the Mandala Boutique Hotel guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Vientiane for business or pleasure. Only 10 km away, this 3-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With the city's main attractions such as Wat Si Muang, King...
    City Inn Vientiane Hotel

    City Inn Vientiane Hotel

    City Inn Vientiane Hotel provides a convenient base for all visitors to the Laos capital city. The hotel is conveniently located near Namphou Circle, beautiful temples, and several tourist attractions like the morning market, foreign embassies, and business and shopping centers. The hotel is...