Top 10 Things To Do In Vientiane, Laos

Picturesque is definitely the word to describe this city!                           If you’re planning on visiting Laos or is just curious if it fits your bucket list, here’s a list of what you can’t miss in Vientiane (To see detailed info about each place just click at the name):

1-That Luang

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2-Buddha Park

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3-Patuxai Monument

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4-Wat Sisaket

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5-Black Stupa

Vientiane - Laos: Patuxai, Black Stupa & Chao Anouvong Park

6-Night Market

Top 10 Things To Do In Vientiane, Laos

7-Dinner By Mekong River

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8-Talat Sao Morning Market

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9-Samsenthai Road

Top 10 Things To Do In Vientiane, Laos
Enjoying a coffee at one of many eateries in Samsenthai.

10-Chao Anouvong Park

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Exploring Vientiane, Laos – Temples Part 2

As i mentioned before, one of the main attractions in Vientiane are definitely the temples.
To check the Temple Part 1 Click Here.
Today we have a special selection with the oldest standing temple in town and a park containing over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues, plus some treats around town.

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Wat Sisaket

Built between 1818 and 1824, the temple features 2000 Buddha images carved in a cloister wall and more than 6800 in a total.
Known as the only temple that survived the Siamese invasion, Sisaket also locates a museum.

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Centrally located, visiting the site is easy and leaves space in your schedule to explore near by spots.
Entrance fee 10000 kip(1,20usd).

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Buddha Park

A must see while in Vientiane!
Buddha park also known as Xieng Khuan(Spirit City) is definitely unique.

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The mix of sculptures were created by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a priest-shaman who believed that Buddhism and Hinduism should be integrated.
Intriguing pieces are one of the charms around, as the 3 leveled giant pumpkin representing hell, earth and heaven.

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Be aware that Xieng Khuan is located out of the city(near by the friendship bridge) and you will need some kind of transportation to get there.
We took the bus number 14(air-con bus), that leaves frequently from the bus station(just besides Talat Sao Morning Market) for 6000 kip( 0,75usd).The bus ride was easy and comfy, there’s no need to pick a songthaew(tuk tuk), actually at the bus you’ll be saved from the dusty road.To come back just pick the same bus right in front the park entrance.
If anyway you don’t feel like taking the bus you can arrange transport at your hotel reception desk or even a tour.
Another option, if you are on a more adventurous mood, is going by motorcycle(which can be rented at the city center).The pro is definitely stopping in the way as you wish(advised only for experienced drivers).

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On the way there you get to see another side of the city, we even had the chance to spot women on their ethnic attirement just chilling at their porches.😊
Surrounded by green and just by the river,the park is a perfect scape of the city setting as well.
You will need around 2 or 3 hours for this visit, between the travel and sightseeing time.Entrance fee 5000kip( 0,60usd).

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Rue Samsenthai

One of the main roads of the city, with concentrated attractions and plenty of people from all around the world to meet.
With coffees, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, souvenir shops, craft shops, street food and temples all over.
Staying around this area or at least come by for a walk is advised, specially if you’re hungry already!

Lao Massage

To end the day nothing better than a traditional massage!
After our dinner by the Mekong River we just crossed street and chose one of the massage places to rebut our energy before head to the Night Market.
We recommend the experience! Lao massage is pretty similar with Thai massage, both heavenly approved.😉

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To see our previous posts about Vientiane click here for Temples Part 1, here to see how to get there, here for city attractions and last but not least here for Markets, Monuments and Mekong River.

Addresses:

Wat Sisaket – ວັດສີສະເກດ
(Also spelled Wat Si Saket)
Address: Wat Sisaket, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane (corner with Setthathirat Road)
Address in Laotian: ວັດສີສະເກດ ຖະຫນົນລ້ານຊ້າງ ວຽງຈັນ
Opens from 8:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00.

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Buddha Park( Xieng Khuan) – ວັດຊຽງຄວນ
Address: Tha Deua Road (25km from the city center, past Friendship Bridge), Vientiane
Opens from 8:00 to 17:00.

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Exploring Vientiane, Laos – Temples Part 1

One of the main attractions in Vientiane are definitely the temples.
Distributed all around the city with different architectural styles, they are enchanting for the eyes and the soul!

Exploring Vientiane, Laos - Temples Part 1
Wat That Luang Neua

As there are many of them we divided this post into two parts, here we go with the first one:

Wat Xieng Yien

Located riverside with a quiet setting and traditional Laotian architecture you will find Wat Xieng Yien.
Contemplating the beauty around doesn’t take much time as this is a small temple and just across the street there’s our next stop Fude Miao temple.

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Fude Miao

This is a Teochew Chinese temple where during Chinese new year celebrations are held.
If you have been in China you’ll notice first hand that the architecture is different from traditional Chinese temples.
A quick stop will be enough here as well unless you’re visiting during Chinese new year.😉

Vegetarian In The Golden Age

We had lunch twice at this cool vegan restaurant, the setting is very simple but the food shine.
The buffet lunch cost only 25,000 kip ( 3 usd! ) and offered delicious dishes.
Books with recipes were available in English and are a nice present for someone back home.🎁

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That Luang

The majestic golden temple is a national symbol, one of the most important monuments in Laos.

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Around the main pagoda there are few other temples to be visited, all of them distinct, like the Buddha statues with monkey tales at the temple in front(Wat That Luang Tai) or space paintings at the ceiling and walls on the one located to the left behind That Luang (Place Of Worship- ທັມມະສະພາ).

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This group of temples deserves a time at your schedule without any doubts!
To complete the tour you can shop for souvenirs at the small street market just outside. Traditional Laotian skirts, belts, and straw hats were my favorite pieces from there.💘

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Addresses:

Wat Xieng Yien
Address: Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane (nearby the night market)

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Fude Miao – 福德庙 – ຫໍກາງ
Address: Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane (nearby the night market, cross street from Wat Xieng Yien)
Address in Laotian: ຫໍກາງ, ວຽງຈັນ, ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ, ປະເທດລາວ

Vegetarian In The Golden Age (Vegan Restaurant)
Address: 0155 Hatxadi, Saylom Road, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane
Lunch buffet from 11:00 to 14:00.

Pha That Luang – ພຣະທາດຫຼວງ
Address: Ban Nongbone, Vientiane
Entrance fee 5,000 kip (only for That Luang, the other temples around are free from charge).
Opens from 8:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00.

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Vientiane – Laos: Patuxai, Black Stupa & Chao Anouvong Park

Most of Vientiane attractions are centrally located, that way you’ll be able to explore the majority of them even if you’re not staying long.
Today we gonna show you some of the monuments and a riverside park.
To check our first post about Vientiane markets, Mekong river and monuments Click Here.

Vientiane - Laos: Patuxai, Black Stupa & Chao Anouvong Park

Patuxai

At the city center stands Patuxai Monument, built in memory of the soldiers who fought for independence from France.
Resembling “Arc de Triomphe” this version has a whole local touch decorated with Laotian mythology.
Admiring the ceiling details was my favorite part of this place.
After having a good look outside you can go up to catch the city view for a small fee(5000 kip).For visiting inside Patuxai opens from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
In your way up souvenirs will be available, if you have kids or want to buy something for a kiddo back home, they sell the cutest Lao garments for children over there.🎀

Address: Patuxai, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane
Address in Laotian: ປະຕູໄຊ ຖະຫນົນລ້ານຊ້າງ ວຽງຈັນ

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Black Stupa

Surrounded by European charm, sits That Dam, believed by locals to inhabited a seven-headed naga who helped protect them in the past.
We have a special thing with ruins, this is not a big one, but gives you perspective on how the place looked like before modern times.

There’s no entrance fee, it’s an open place that can be reached 24 hours(we recommend visiting during daytime though).
Grabbing a drink or even something to eat at the nearby restaurants with the Stupa view seems like a good idea.=]

Address: Black Stupa – ທາດດຳ , Chanthakhoumane Road, Vientiane

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Chao Anouvong Park

Located at Mekong riverside displaying King Chao Anouvong’s statue the park is a nice place to rest a little after touring around in the hot weather.
From the King’s statue, you can see Nong Khai-Thailand at the other side of the river.

The night market is at the right side of the park(if you’re facing the river), a good time to stop by is at evening after your day attractions and just before the night market.
If you are not in the mood of resting, to cover this spot half hour will do.

Address: Chao Anouvong Park – ສວນເຈົ້າອະນຸວົງ ,Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane

Vientiane - Laos: Patuxai, Black Stupa & Chao Anouvong Park

Transport

As we said before, the majority of attractions are close to each other but still, to better enjoy your tour, renting a transportation is advised.
Bicycles and motorcycles are available to rent in stores around the city and in some hotels/hostels.Usually, the passport stays with the store as a guaranty, be sure to take pictures of the current state of the bike/moto soon as you rent it to assure you won’t be charged for damage that already existed.
We rented motorcycles both times we visited Vientiane and had no problem whatsoever.
If you don’t drive or rather save some energy you can pick songthaews anywhere in the city, they are similar with Thai tuk tuks and are used as taxis(bargain needed).

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To see our first post about Vientiane showing the markets, some more of Patuxai and dinner by the Mekong river Click Here.

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Vientiane – Laos: Markets, Mekong River & Monuments

Vientiane is an exotic city, with some beautiful spots to be discovered.
But is not for everyone!The rustic style are enchanting for those aiming to explore the local culture, who enjoy street markets, historical buildings, ruins and simple settings.Those looking for party hard or luxury destination won’t find the fun they looking for in here.
We loved our first visit so we returned once again. Contact with different cultures, specially if they came with a big smile, is something we definitely like to do.💜

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French Influence can be notice all around the place with the highlight of baguettes been sold everywhere(traditional french baguettes are vegan!).
Vientiane is placed along Mekong River with French and local architecture mixed and plenty of temples completing the picturesque scenery.
To show you everything we separated this journey in parts, here the first round:

Talat Sao Morning Market

Apart for being known as morning market Talat Sao Mall opens until 16:00.
The fun here are the traditional garments, local dried fruits and seeds, multiple souvenirs and the famous Laos coffee.
At the last floor there’s a food court serving local dishes.Forget comfort food and try something out!
Outside of the main building there’s stalls that i advise you to have a look as well, there’s a sculpture store with pieces to go crazy for.
Exotic fruits can be found around the market area been sold by street vendors, enjoy the new tastes and let us know in the comments how was the experience!

Tip: Money exchange booth at the ground floor got a good rate compared to many others points at the city.

Address: Talat Sao Mall, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane
Address in Laotian: ຕະຫຼາດເຊົ້າ ຖະຫນົນລ້ານຊ້າງ ວຽງຈັນ
Website: http://www.talatsaomall.com/

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Patuxai

Centrally located stands Patuxai Monument, built in memory of the soldiers who fought for independence from France.
Resembling “Arc de Triomphe” this version has a whole local touch decorated with Laotian mythology.
Admiring the ceiling details was my favorite part of this place.
After having a good look outside you can go up to catch the city view for a small fee.
In your way up souvenirs will be available, if you have kids or want to buy something for a kiddo back home, they sell the cutest Lao garments for children over there.🎀

Address: Patuxai, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane
Address in Laotian: ປະຕູໄຊ ຖະຫນົນລ້ານຊ້າງ ວຽງຈັນ

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Dinner At Mekong River

Watching the sunset by Mekong River while enjoying some yummy local dishes is a must!
We recommend trying the “mushroom lak” a spice mushroom salad and “naem khao tod” a rice ball mixed with dried spice, coconut and herbs.

Tip: Restaurants here open only at evening/night-time .

Address: Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane (coming from Lane Xang Avenue drive pass the night market you will see the tables riverfront)

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Night Market

Statues, paintings, traditional clothes, crafts, souvenirs and local street food are the perfect way to call it a day.
Make sure to have some space saved in your luggage for your new acquisitions!
I have to say though that the first time around the stores had more of the interesting things i mentioned above, last time a lot of normal clothes, bags and copies were displayed likewise.But still you have enough local art pieces to choose from!😉
The market is placed riverside and opens from 18:00 to 23:00.

Tip: *If you rented a motorbike there’s parking space in the right end of the market specially for the costumers(fee applied).
*Bargain is a must.

Address: Located riverside around the intersection of Quai Fa Ngum Road and Chao Anou Road.

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