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What to do in Vientiane
Are you looking to enjoy life’s simple pleasures? Travel to a city where you can tour the temples and wander the riverside at your own pace. Watch the sunset over Mekong River with a cold Beerlao in your hand. All these and more are waiting for you in Vientiane.
Go on a temple run and be dazzled by the divine at Pha That Luang. This golden attraction is at the heart of Vientiane and is also the most important religious monument and national symbol of Laos. Visit the nearby Wat That Luang Tai in the south next, and then head over to Wat That Luang Neua in the north.
Grab your camera and stop by the vibrant Wat Inpeng. Add a fiery touch to your travel photos at Wat Chan. There’s also Wat Haisok, Wat Mixay, Wat Onteu, and Wat Si Saket. Don’t forget to catch a cab or hop on a tuk-tuk to spend hours admiring the impressive Buddha Park.
Travel to Patuxay Park next and feel like you’re in Paris when you see the Laotian version of the Arch of Triumph. Culture vultures can’t miss exploring Vientiane’s Hophakaew Museum, Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, Lao National Museum, and the Lao People’s Army Museum.
Enjoy the scenery as you cruise Nam Ngum River. Taste the spicy and fresh Laotian cuisine from the river’s floating restaurants. Shop until you drop at Ta Lat Sao, T’Shop Lai Gallery, Kanchana Boutique, and Satrilao. Then rest your feet with a massage at any of Vientiane’s spas.
Join the locals and tourists in November for the That Luang Festival. Feel the thrill when you watch the Boat Racing Festival in October. See the colourful traditional costumes and other fun activities at Hmong New Year in December.
Start planning your trip now with this handy Vientiane travel guide!
When to visit Vientiane
The best time to visit Vientiane is from November to April for great weather and fewer tourists. If you want to save more money on airfare, book your flights for July and August because they’re the cheapest times to fly to Vientiane.
Australians need a visa to fly to Laos and travel to Vientiane. Check out how to apply for your visa at the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Australia and New Zealand website, and visit Smartraveller for more info.
Travelling to and around Vientiane
After your touchdown at Wattay International Airport, you can reach the city by taxi, minibus, or tuk-tuk. Start travelling around Vientiane by taxi, bus, tuk-tuk, bicycle, and on foot.
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