Vientiane LaosJourney Mekong

Vientiane is the capital city of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This is the very friendly and peaceful city. Unlike many other bustling capitals in Southeastern Asia region, Vientiane is frequently compared as a small town with deliciously relaxing atmosphere. This city is also experiencing the urbanization with building boom. Vientiane is characterized with a tropical wet and dry climate. There are two seasons in a year: a monsoon season (from April to November) and a dry season (from November to March). The temperature in the wet season is somehow higher than the dry season. The Wattay International Airport in Vientiane offers international connections to other Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, China and Vietnam. You can travel to Luang Prabang by daily flights. Although still a small city, this city experiences a large influx of visitors annually.

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Vientiane Laos – Patuxay

 

Once in Vientiane, you should never miss chance to visit many temples and Buddhist monuments. In the city center, you may be amazed at Pha That Luang, which is a Buddhist stupa, covered with gold. This work had undergone several reconstructions since its first establishment in the third century. This is also considered as Laos’s national symbol. Another popular site is Wat Si Muang. It is the temple built in 1563 on the ruins of a Khmer Hindu shrine. People believe that this site has been guarded by the spirit of a local girl called “Si”. There is a statue of King Sisavang Vong in front of the temple. You will have an excellent panoramic view of the city when climbing to the top of the memorial monument Patuxai. This work was completed in 1968, is perhaps the most prominent landmark in the city. Buddha Park built in 1958, located 28 kilometers south of Vientiane, and is one of the favorite spots with a collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.

Laos Vientiane - Pha That Luang

Laos Vientiane – Pha That Luang

 

In Vientiane, you take the special opportunity to enjoy your life in a very different way. One of the best things to do here is to wander down to the riverside and relax with a cold Laos’s beer – the national beer. You will feel really excited once watching the sun set over the Mekong riverside. It is really romantic to join this with your soulmates. You may easily walk in to taste the special steaming noodles in numerous noodle stalls on streets in Vientiane. Some westerners may feel like being home for some French-influenced dishes there. They have so special taste that you can find nowhere else. There are many pretty groceries selling wide range of lovely and distinctive souvenirs for you to take ones as gifts for friends and family. Vientiane is also home to one of the three bowling alleys in Laos. There are many upper-class hotels in Vientiane. Services are good and affordable.  Local people are really helpful and welcome you hospitably every time you join us to come.

 

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