Vientiane holiday highlights

Perched on the banks of the meandering Mekong River, low-key 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.

Discover ornate temples and colonial-influenced architecture; enjoy the city's many contrasts – you'll find agriculture hidden behind tree-lined avenues; French colonial architecture next to gilded temples; freshly-baked bread served next to soup noodles stalls. In Vientiane, dine on mouth-watering classical French or traditional Laos cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

Vientiane key facts

Time difference

GMT +7 hours


Lao Kip

Flying time to destination

13 hours



Vientiane good to know


Theravada Buddhism