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Best Things to Do in Vientiane

Vientianne is one of those cities you can envision yourself having a life in. It’s one of those cities where you can observe real life people playing out their every day lives.

In Vientiane, you really get the sense that this is where life is being lived, and those are my favorite cities.

Cities you can see yourself stretching your legs for awhile and making a home in.

“Where would your apartment be? What would your life look like?” kind of cities.

You really get the sense that this is where life is being lived by real people away from the busy tourists traps.

Vientiane is one of those cities I probably would have never been to had my life turned out differently, but so happy I did.

Vientiane is a gem not many tourists add to their Laos itinerary. 

Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, and its serene capital city of Vientiane is a charming mixture of both modernity and traditional Laotian influences. This underrated city may seem laidback, but it offers a mix of historical and cultural attractions, mouth-watering Lao food, and picturesque temples that should definitely be on your travel bucket list. In this blog post, we'll be sharing the best things to do in Vientiane so that you can experience the city like a local and make the most of your visit. Vientiane may not be as famous as other cities in Southeast Asia, but it has much to offer visitors. From historical landmarks to scenic river walks, Lao cuisine and Buddha sculptures, this charming capital is a great place to visit if you're looking for a laidback escape. We hope this post has given you a good idea of all the things you can do in Vientiane, and that you’ll make plans to visit this wonderful city soon. Laos is one of those hidden gems that not many tourists know about. But those who do visit Laos know how charming the country can be. One of the key attractions in Laos, that any visitor should have on their bucket list, is Vientiane. The capital city of Laos, Vientiane is a laid-back city that has plenty to offer, without being too overwhelming.

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1. Pha That Luang

This stunning golden stupa is the reason most people visit Vientiane (if not for a flight). Framed by fragrant pink bougainvillaeas, this 45-meter stupa is commonly seen as the symbol of Laos, although not many tourists make their way to Vientiane to see it. This, the most famous temple in all of Laos, is said to contain relics of the Buddha

 

This large golden stupa in central Vientiane is one of the most photographed landmarks in Laos. The temple is revered as a symbol of both Lao Buddhism and Lao sovereignty and is believed to contain relics of the Buddha. The most famous being the Pha That Luang, which is not only the most famous temple in Vientiane but the most famous temple in all of Laos. The golden temple is a sight to behold and is absolutely stunning. There is a museum within the temple complex which gives plenty of information on the history of Buddhism and the temple itself.

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1. Visit Buddha Park (Xieng Kuan)

This is a must-visit landmark that features a multitude of fascinating Buddha statues and sculptures. The park is located outside the city, and you can reach it by taking a bus or hiring a tuk-tuk. Built in 1958, the park is a unique blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, and its giant statues are highly revered. Be sure to wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes, as the park is vast.

Tickets

Tickets:

$5 per adult and $3 for the audio guide

Make sure to buy the audio guide.

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1. Patuxai (Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane)

As a former French protectorate, the influence of France can be seen not only in Laos' architecture, Although it has many similiarities with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, it is Loatian in design and symbolizes Laos' independence.

Tickets

Tickets:

$5 per adult and $3 for the audio guide

Make sure to buy the audio guide.

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3. Mekong River

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A stroll along the Mekong River is a great way to view the city, watch the sunset, and experience the local culture. There is a riverside promenade that stretches for miles and is perfect for jogging or cycling. You can also find many street vendors selling local food and souvenirs.

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The chocolate croissants here are amazing! 😍

4. COPE Visitor Centre

The center provides a glimpse into the legacy of wartime Laos. During the Vietnam War, Laos was the most heavily bombed country in world history, and this museum highlights the organizations that have worked to remove unexploded bombs and mines that still endanger local communities today. The museum is free of charge, but donations are accepted. If you want to learn more about the history of Laos, then visiting the COPE Visitor Centre is an excellent way to do so. This museum focuses on the impact that unexploded ordinance (UXO) has had on Laos. UXO is a remnant of the Secret War that took place in Laos, which was a side effect of the Vietnam War. The museum is an eye-opening experience, and the entry fee is used to support UXO clearance efforts in Laos.

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For similiar French influences, explore Hoi An, Vietnam.

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5. Traditional massage

Luang Prabang is known for its stunning golden temples, with over 30 temples to explore in the city and the surrounding areas. The most famous is Wat Xieng Thong, known for its sweeping rooflines, ornate gilded architecture, and intricate mosaics. Wat Xieng Thong is the oldest Wat (temple) in Luang Prabang. A visit to these temples will not only allow you to appreciate Laos's rich culture and history, but also offer a sense of peace and serenity that is hard to find elsewhere.

Luang Prabang has been a Buddhist spiritual center for centuries. At the heart of the city, you will find several magnificent temples, each with its unique history, architecture, and cultural significance. One of the most iconic is Wat Xieng Thong, known for its intricate gilded carvings, sweeping rooflines, and serene garden. Another must-visit is Wat Mai, with its striking five-tiered roof, ornate facade, and vibrant painting. The most sacred temple is Wat Phu Si, located at the top of a hill that provides sweeping views of the city and the Mekong River.

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5. Hidden temples

Luang Prabang is known for its stunning golden temples, with over 30 temples to explore in the city and the surrounding areas. The most famous is Wat Xieng Thong, known for its sweeping rooflines, ornate gilded architecture, and intricate mosaics. Wat Xieng Thong is the oldest Wat (temple) in Luang Prabang. A visit to these temples will not only allow you to appreciate Laos's rich culture and history, but also offer a sense of peace and serenity that is hard to find elsewhere.

Luang Prabang has been a Buddhist spiritual center for centuries. At the heart of the city, you will find several magnificent temples, each with its unique history, architecture, and cultural significance. One of the most iconic is Wat Xieng Thong, known for its intricate gilded carvings, sweeping rooflines, and serene garden. Another must-visit is Wat Mai, with its striking five-tiered roof, ornate facade, and vibrant painting. The most sacred temple is Wat Phu Si, located at the top of a hill that provides sweeping views of the city and the Mekong River.

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