Despite being the capital and commercial hub of Laos, Vientiane is surprisingly quaint and laid back. Located along the Mekong River in the north of Laos, the nation’s largest city boasts its own curious blend of traditional temples, French colonial buildings and an increasingly cosmopolitan café scene. Despite a flood of investment in recent years, with boutique hotels and shopping malls springing up across the city, Vientiane has managed to retain its old world charm and remains an idyllic destination for a retreat.
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Get a spot of shopping done at Saoban Crafts, a fair-trade social business that aims to preserve and promote traditional Lao...
Must try local dishes include the national staples of sticky rice and padaek, a condiment made from fermented fish. Both are ...
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Ansara Hotel is a colonial-chic boutique hotel just a short walk away from the Mekong river. Each room comes with a private b...
Located just a couple of minutes away from Vientiane’s shopping area, Settha Palace Hotel provides comprehensive facilities f...
- Flying time from Singapore5 hours (via Vientiane)
CurrencyLaotian Kip (LAK)
US Dollar (USD)
Thai Baht (THB)
- Airport to city3 Kilometres
- Airport taxInternational flights USD15
- ClimateDry season spans from November through March. April marks the onset of the monsoon which lasts about seven months.
- Best time to goNovember to March