Vientiane is what Bangkok must have been like 50 or 60 years ago. Laos’ capital city is as charming as the rest of the country, just with more mod-cons and buildings. Laos is where you go if you want to see the way things were a century ago, and Vientiane, if you’re flying in, is your first stop.
This largest city in the country still has a slower, more relaxing atmosphere than most capital cities. Go with it while you explore the innumerable temples that you’ll pass by in your wanderings. Maybe the most impressive of which is Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple in the city. Stroll around the Old Quarter with its beautifully preserved colonial architecture from the French Indochine period. Right down Quai Fa Ngum Road from the Night Market, along the Mekong River, is some of Vientiane’s most popular nightlife.
Take advantage of Vientiane’s unhurried vibe by relinquishing some of the responsibility to bring home great vacation photos by enlisting the services of a professional local photographer in Vientiane.