Stretching along the banks of the Mekong and follows the peaceful rhythm of the river, Vientiane or “City of Sandalwood" or "Citadel of the Moon" is the capital and largest city of Laos. It became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and thanks to economic growth in recent times, it has become the economic Centre of Laos.

Visiting Vientiane, tourists will be a world away from the other noisy and polluted capitals of South East Asia. It has more the appearance of a provincial town than a capital city with population about half a million people.

Tourists will observe the city of Vientiane and its many facets from quaint, a tangle of Chinese buildings, old colonial houses, Buddhist temples in bright gold and bustling markets from sunrise to sunset.

The north of city is the That Luang, a large golden stupa 45 feet high which is a religious and national symbol of Laos and is the focus of numerous religious processions throughout the year.

Vientiane also owns a huge number of markets called “talat” in Lao. Tourists will find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with some beautiful shapes and colors such as dragon fruit, mangos teens or rambutan.

Moreover, the modern Talat Sao is full of electronics and white goods, thus this is a great place to buy a cheap phone or camera. In addition, there are numerous smaller shops offering local produced goods at very reasonable prices.

Finally, tourists can have a lot of fun strolling along the banks of the Mekong at the end of the day, or enjoy a drink in one of the many restaurants that line the Mekong or watch the sunset over the Mekong.

In a family holiday Vietnam, customers will often request for a side visit to Laos and Vientiane is often a must-see destination.


 Vientiane Travel Guide

When to visit Vientiane Vientiane Cuisine Vientiane Drinks Theft in Vientiane
Get around Vientiane Money & Costs in Vientiane Nam Ngum Reservoir Patuxai (Victory Monument)
Pha That Luang The National Protected Area Salt Extraction Plant Tad Leuk Waterfall
Talat Sao (Morning Market) The Nam Leuk Reservoir Vangxang Cave (Elephant Court) Vang Vieng Town
Wat (Ho) Phra Keo Wat Si Saket Temple


Top Vientiane Tours

Elephant Riding

Laos Family AdventurePrice From : $683

Our tour is designed for families who love discovering new cultures and having a bit of adventure. The whole family is certain to be interested by the people, history, colours and forests. This tour is a great mixture of visiting the highlights of the country and experiencing the daily life of Laos ethnic minority villages.

Red Crane Travel - Nam Ngum Lake

Nam Ngum Lake TourPrice From : $36

Nam Ngum Lake, the largest body of water in Laos with breathtaking scenery, is an ideal way to view Vientiane's surrounding countryside while not doing anything too strenuous. The tour provides a good opportunity to get close to nature and discover local life while enjoying beautiful scenery, local villages and interesting sites in the surrounding areas.

Red Crane Travel - Wat Sisaket

Vientiane DiscoveryPrice From : $40

The special day trip around Vientiane offers a deeper introduction to Lao culture and customs by visiting a famous market, a traditional village and magnificent ancient temples. Come to discover the hidden charms of this quiet city and have a wonderful experience with us!

Red Crane Travel - Vientiane Splendor

Vientiane SplendorPrice From : $38

The trip visits major highlights including Wat Sisaket - the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the well-known Emerald Buddha image.

Red Crane Travel - Laos Cuisine Cooking Class

Laos Cuisine Cooking ClassPrice From : $56

Indulge your culinary skills and taste buds with the local market and Lao cuisine cooking class. Class is not only fun and a great way to meet people; you'll also learn cooking skills you can use for the rest of your life. No wonder so many say this tour is one of Vientiane's best.

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