There are several reasons you should visit Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and do so before the world catches on.
For this cultural city is beginning to capture the traveller’s hearts with it’s bubbly small-town atmosphere, pleasant locals and breathtaking structures that will take a shine to any travel photo book and instagram profile.
Laos is a Southeast Asian country full of rich history and proud traditions and Vientiane plays a huge large part in what the country stands for with all its achievements in history, while still being a developing nation.
However, this great city is not a secret to avid travellers any more and below are five reasons why you should Visit Vientiane and experience a different flavour of Asia.
5 Reasons you should Visit Vientiane – Laos
Let’s get into it and discover five reasons why you should Visit Vientiane to uncover culture and tradition on your Asia trip.
1. Stunning Traditional Structures – Laos Tourist Attractions
When you are looking for what to do in Vientiane, culture and tradition is a big part of the city and so is their common religion, Buddhism.
Located throughout the city are many temples, with a few notables to visit being the Pha That Luang (Golden Palace), Wat Si Saket and the Haw Phra Kaew temples.
Then of course is Vientiane’s memorable grand structure that sits proudly in the heart the city the Patuxai Victory Monument, which celebrates the country’s independence from the French.
Naturally, within the vicinity of Vientiane, there are many other wonderful structures that must be seen which is best explored by foot or taking a cheap ride on a tuc tuc.
2. Wander through Lively markets in Vientiane City
Markets are common in any part of Asia and Vientiane is no exception during a Vientiane City tour.
While the markets do have quite a bit of activity about, you can wander the many markets quite smoothly and without any fear of being bullied to purchase products from pesky workers desperate for a buck.
The number one markets in the city are the night markets in the Chao Anouvong Park. Situated near the banks of the Mekong River and with Thailand just on the other side, the night markets offer a carnival atmosphere with plenty of bargains to be found and great street foods that can be bought on the cheap.
3. Enjoy Great food in Vientiane on the cheap
Food in Vientiane are naturally found in restaurants and bars, which are every where in the city, as is the case in most Southeast Asian cities.
Most restaurants in Vientiane offer various cuisines to suit any traveller from traditional Lao, Thai and Western food. You can eat local food or western food and better yet, you can buy local beer for around a dollar……bargain.
By the way, you are out of luck if want those famous western fast food chains such as McDonalds, because at present there are none. Not that it is a bad thing, as we do travel to be different.
One popular bar you must visit in the cirty is the Bor Peng Yang rooftop bar, it’s situated close to the Night Markets and with the Mekong River and Thailand in full view, this pleasant roof top bar offers a relaxing atmosphere with good meals and good beer that comes fresh off the tap.
4. Escape the Hustle and Bustle during your Vientiane Trip
It is a pleasant relief to visit a major capital city of a Southeast Asian country without traffic and pedestrians coming at you in all directions.
The streets in Vientiane are quite tame and the roads have some sense of organisation to it, with footpaths, traffic lights and one-way streets to keep everything flowing smoothly and in an orderly manner.
Unlike some major cities in Southeast Asia, for example, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, you can cross the road in Vientiane without any real fear (of course you still need to look both ways) and walk the foot paths without motorcycles brushing past you without a care in the world.
5. Visit Vientiane before the rest of the world catches on
Some tourists around the world are beginning to catch on to Laos and its fabulous tourist’s attractions and beautiful nature.
While Vientiane itself may not be the prettiest city you’ll ever visit, you must go further in land for that. The city still offers plenty for any traveller that is seeking a relaxing holiday or a culture lesson.
Laos only opened its door to tourist in the mid 1990’s and every year, more and more travellers are making their way to this landlocked country in Asia. So, you better hop to it and visit Vientiane, before it soon becomes the tourist phenomenon it is bound to be and for good reason too.
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