Vientiane Laos Travel Guide


Vientiane Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Vientiane Laos Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Vientiane, the serene capital of Laos, stands as a testament to the confluence of French colonial elegance and timeless Lao traditions, nestled along the meandering Mekong River. This guide invites you to explore the soul of Vientiane, a city where ancient stupas share the skyline with leafy boulevards and where the pace of life flows as gently as the river itself. From the sacred grounds of That Luang, a gleaming golden monument, to the vibrant night markets brimming with local crafts and cuisines, Vientiane is a treasure trove of cultural and culinary delights. We’ll guide you through its peaceful streets, uncovering hidden cafes, colonial architecture, and tranquil temples that provide a glimpse into the city’s spiritual heart. With tips on navigating local customs, finding the best street food, and discovering pockets of tranquility in this laid-back capital, your journey to Vientiane promises to be an immersion into a rich, yet relaxed, cultural tapestry

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Things To See & Do In Vientiane Laos

Patuxai (The Vertical Runway)

Patuxai

Patuxai or the vertical runway. Patuxai is a war memorial dedicated to those who fought in the war for independence from the French. A mini Arc de Triomphe the monument was built with American funds given to Laos to build a runway / airport hence the name.

Pha Taht Luang 

Pha Taht Luang 

A gold – covered Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane. Believed to dated from the 3rd century the stupa has been rebuilt and remodeled a number of times over the years. Pha Taht Luang is regarded as the most important national monument in Laos.

Lao National Museum 

Lao National Museum 

Housed in a French colonial building the Lao National Museum is a relative new comer being built in the 1970’s. The museum doucuments the countries struggle for freedom against imperial forces and foreign occupiers. Located on Samsenthai Rd.

Wat Si Saket 

Wat Si Saket 

Dating from 1818 is built in the Siamese style with a surrounding terrace and 5 tiered roof. It is believed to be the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane and houses more that 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images. Wat Si Saket also houses a museum.

Talat Sao Morning Market

Talat Sao Morning Market

Open from 7am to 4pm the Morning Market is a two story building and houses numerous small stall selling just about everything. Galatians Sao is on the eastern corner of Lan Xang Rd and Khu Vieng Rd right in the heart of Vientiane.

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