16th Century Buddhas in Wat Sisaket wearing gold silk in Vientiane city Laos


Charming capital city adorned with temples and faded French colonial architecture

Located along a bend of the Mekong River, Vientiane has been Lao’s capital since 1563 when the last king of Lane Xang moved the capital from Luang Prabang. The city exudes a laid-back atmosphere and Old World charm with its eclectic mix of Chinese shophouses and French colonial architecture. The tree-lined boulevards and sparse traffic create an ideal environment for walking and exploring ancient temples and pagodas.


  • The wide boulevards and compact size of the city makes it easy to explore by foot
  • Well-preserved ancient temples and pagodas
  • The boardwalk along the Mekong River offers fantastic sunset views to accompany the lively atmosphere of the night market
Within Easy Reach Of...
Wattay International Airport is located 3km/1.8mi to city centre and services both international and domestic flights.
Vang Vieng 3hr 45min drive
Luang Prabang 45min flight
Pakse 1hr flight
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 10min flight
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3hr 15min flight
Travel Tips
  • The city is best explored by foot or bicycle as most historical attractions and well-known temples are in close proximity
  • Shop for souvenirs at the Morning Market
  • Visit the lively Night Market next to the Mekong River to sample a variety of BBQ street food

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