Perched on the banks of the meandering Mekong River, low-key and often overlooked Vientiane is a welcome respite from the bustle of other Asian capitals and delights with temples, markets and a relaxed riverside restaurant scene. With French colonial architecture and magnificent Buddhist temples, Vientiane boasts a rich mixture of cultures to savour. If you want a change of pace from the high energy cities of Vietnam or Thailand this is the place to head.

  • This is a great city for a spot of shopping with both a morning market and a relatively low-key night market
  • Reflecting the city’s laidback vibe is the charming Mekong Riverside Park, which comes alive in the evening as people come to watch the sun set and explore the night market
  • There is a growing café culture a strong, perhaps due to the French influence. Laotian coffee, produced in the country’s highlands, is sweetened with condensed milk
  • For a capital city, Vientiane has relatively few museums and renowned sights; however Buddha Park and COPE Visitor Centre are well worth a visit

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Time difference:

GMT +7 hours


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Flying time to destination:

13 hours

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When to visit

Jan 28°c
Feb 30°c
Mar 32°c
Apr 33°c
May 32°c
Jun 31°c
Jul 31°c
Aug 30°c
Sep 31°c
Oct 30°c
Nov 29°c
Dec 27°c
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