Location: Central Laos

Administration: Capital of Laos

Population:  7,280,120

Total Area: 3,920 square kilometers

Administration Division: The Capital is divided into 09 Districts namely Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Xaysettha, Sisattanak, Naxaithong, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Sangthong & Pak Ngum

A short history of Vientiane

Dating back from 10th century, Vientiane was been governed, conquered and sacked by the Khmer, Siamese, Burmese and Vietnamese at one time or other after it had been integrated into the first Lao kingdom known as Lan Xang, meaning the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’.

In 1560, Vientiane was relocated into the capital under the dynasty of King Setthathirath, that made its position to the next level. He built the impressive That Luang Stupa on the site of an ancient Khmer temple east of the city. Nowadays, this Buddhist icon still remains Laos major symbol and important center for its Buddhist festivals. Unfortunately, undergoing the Siamese invasion in the late 1800s, Buddhist temple in Vientiane was damaged mostly, only one was left standing, Wat Sisaket, built in 1818.

Until the late 19th century, Laos was colonized by the French as a part of their Indochina plan, Vientiane has been recovered because the French made it the capital of their new colony. As the result, almost architecture and buildings in Vientiane has been constructed since this period. Many temples have been rebuilt and become an integral part of daily life currently.

Today, Vientiane is experiencing a rapid development into a modern city with a blend of old and new.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT VIENTIANE

The capital of Laos is located in the northwest with 2 seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from October to the end of April. The rainy season starts from May to late September. The best time to visit Vientiane is in dry season but November and February is the most comfortable when it experiences sunny days, moderate temperature (around 25°C) and pure air.

HOW TO GET THERE
Air:

There are a lot of air route between Vientiane and others countries. International destinations include:

  • Bangkok (THAI, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines)
  • Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang (Lao Airlines)
  • Hanoi (Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines)
  • Vinh (Vietnam Airlines)
  • Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia)
  • Phnom Penh (Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines)
  • Siem Reap via Pakse (Lao Airlines)
  • Seoul (Jin Air, Lao Airlines)
  • Singapore (Lao Airlines)
  • Changzhou (Lao Airlines)
  • Guangzhou (Lao Airlines)
  • Nanning (China Eastern)
  • Kunming (Lao Airlines, China Eastern)

Domestic destinations include Luang Prabang, Luang Nam Tha, Huay Xai, Xieng Khuang, Udomxai, Pakse and Savannakhet. There are several flights a day to Luang Prabang, which help you save time for travelling among cities in Laos.

Train:

You can reach Vientiane from Bangkok, Thailand by train.

The train to Vientiane is via the Bangkok – Nong Khai service. Nong Khai is on the Mekong River on the Thai-Laos border. Get the train to Nong Khai, and from Nong Khai there is a connecting shuttle train to Thanaleng in Laos

Bus:

There are three main bus stations in Vientiane: the Central Bus Station, the Northern Bus Terminal and the Southern Bus Terminal. You can take the bus from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia to reach this city. And it’s also possible to get a local bus to Vang Vieng, Savannakhet or Pakse.

Boat:

To come Vientiane, you can choose the boat from Luang Prabang via Mekong River too. It takes about 11 hours for this awesome routine.

WHAT TO SEE IN VIENTIANE
Tourist Attractions

Because Laos is a Buddhist country, there are many temples to discover in Vientiane. It can be named such as Xieng Khuan, Wat Si Muang, That Luang, Wat Ho Phra Keo, Wat Si Saket, etc. But you have to remember the dress rules – women should wear modest clothes (covered arms and at least knee-length shorts and skirt, and men in T-shirts and shorts at a minimum) and shoes should be removed before entering a temple.

In addition, to explore Laos history, you can come some historic monuments and sites such as Patuxai Victory Monument, Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, Lao National Museum, Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, National Ethnic Cultural Park, etc.

Markets

There are several markets in Vientiane for daily life and souvenirs such as Morning Market, and Vientiane Night market for clothes, textiles, accessories, handicrafts, paintings and myriad souvenirs

Vientiane By Night

In Vientiane Capital, it is possible to enjoy bars and music venues of many types. Some of the most popular venues for a sunset beer are the small outside local “cafes” which spring up along the river front every night.


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