Vientiane is the capital and the largest city of the country. With a long term reputation of sleepy town, the Laotian capital is now waking up. It would be a pity if your next visit to Laos missed the capital. Certainly less aesthetically appealing than Luang Prabang, it is for certain reflecting Laos’ development and vibe for today and tomorrow. Come and witness this fast changing city that is, thanks to its youth going to university and investments bringing new wealth and better conditions of life for those generations to come.
Some of the most famous landmarks include the Patuxay Gate (Vientiane’s very own “Arc de Triomphe”); That Luang with its golden stupa, symbol of a nation; Vat Sisaket with its thousands of statuettes of Buddha; Ho Prakeo Temple, with its collection of Buddhist antiques, all of them almost located within a walking distance from each other. The town is currently building a new riverfront that will contrast subtly with the charming old part of the city, offering great venues to the Vientiane’s inhabitants for recreational time.
The Vientiane’s inhabitants are the capital’s key attraction: hanging out in the traditional restaurants or riverfront cafes and decks for a “Beer Lao” accompanied with a spicy papaya salad, packing the lanes of the local markets, or flirting very late in the bars and nightlife venues.
Finally, Vientiane’s economic boom is very perceptible with the burgeoning of signs of modernization in its consumption habits and more distinguished hotels flourish around town.
Vientiane is connected directly to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kunming, Jinghong and Kuala Lumpur.
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