Quick Guide to Vientiane

Beautiful river views, great restaurants and plenty of luxury hotels. Vientiane is a great city worth stopping in on your way to Luang Prabang. This quick guide to Vientiane includes everything you need to know about visiting the capital of Laos!
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  • With stunning views of the Mekong River and comfortable, modern rooms Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel is our top choice for accommodation in Vientiane.
  • At a lower price point, Vientiane Golden Sun Hotel is located a bit closer to the city and they’re friendly staff are very welcoming!

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  • Pha That Luang is Laos’ most important buddhist temple and it’s located not far from central Vientiane. 
  • Next to Pha That Luang is a huge Reclining Buddha statue that’s also worth a visit.
  • In case you aren’t sick of buddhas yet, just outside the city is the famous Buddha Park.
  • Patuxay Monument is also with a visit, with beautiful fountains and gardens.  

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  • For delicious Italian food and friendly service check out Soul Kitchen.
  • My favourite lunch spot is a cafe called Common Ground. It’s a great taste of home – they even have pumpkin spice lattes!
  • Le Banneton was one of my favourite French places in Luang Prabang, and they have another location in Vientiane that’s also worth visiting.
  • When you’re craving dimsum check out Chokdee Dimsum Gold. 
  • Another Luang Prabang restaurant with a location in Vientiane is Joma Bakery & Cafe. Great soups and baked goods here!
  • Ban Vilaylac has simple, fresh Lao food. Their laap is particularly good and their mango sticky rice is the best I’ve ever had. 

Kelly Ella Maz_Le Banneton Vientiane