Vientiane, located in the Mekong Valley, is the small, quiet and picturesque capital city of Laos. This friendly capital, studded with crumbling French mansions, bougainvillea-blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls will soon make you feel at home. Vientiane is also a place for passionate pedestrians – it can be easily and pleasantly explored on foot. This is a city full of surprises!

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Mekong Valley
  • French Mansions
  • Blooming Bougainvillea-Lined Streets

Places to Stay

Ansara Hotel

Style: Guest house

Ansara is a charming small boutique hotel located within walking distance of monasteries, markets, restaurants and the Mekong.

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Green Park Boutique Hotel

Style: Boutique

The Green Park Boutique Hotel and Resort is a newly opened boutique property in Vientiane.

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Settha Palace Hotel

Style: International

Built in 1932, the Settha Palace Hotel has been renovated and restored to its former imperial glory.

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Activities in Vientianne

En Route Drive Highlights-Ban Keun Salt Mine & Views of Nam Song River

Start out by traveling along the picturesque back roads to Vang Vieng, stopping en route at the famous Ban Keun salt mine to get an insight into the daily working life of the locals. Further, reach the picturesque Nam Ngum, followed by lunch (not included) overlooking a lake. Continue north, halting at Tha Heua, a small village specializing in dried fish, seen hanging in front of the houses. Reach Vang Vieng by mid afternoon, with spare time to visit Tham Jang cave and enjoy panoramic views of Nam Song River and the surrounding karst scenery. Relax the rest of the day, overnight stay at hotel.

En Route Drive Highlights-Tham Jang Cave & Don Makai Market

Today, visit Tham Jang cave and enjoy panoramic views of Nam Song River and the surrounding karst scenery. Set forth to Vientiane, stopping en route at Tha Heua, a small village specializing in dried fish, seen hanging in front of the houses. Continue to picturesque Nam Ngum, followed by lunch overlooking a lake. Next, stop at the famous Ban Keun salt mine and get an insight into the daily working life of the locals. The final stop is at Don Makai Market – an insect market, just outside of Vientiane, makes for an interesting experience for the more adventurous who are willing to try the ‘snacks’ on offer! Arrive in Vientiane by early evening.

Vientiane-Phonsavan-Visit To The Plain Of Jars-Luang Prabang

Day 1 – Vientiane – Flight to Phonsavan – Plain Of Jars Enjoy a two day trip to Phonsavan, meaning ‘hills of paradise’, to visit the Plain of Jars. Travel from your hotel to board a direct flight to Phonsavan. On arrival, visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) office; learn how they work to clear land mines and unexploded ordinances/shells in the area. Transfer to Jar Site 1 (the largest site), and Jar Site 3, located atop a hill offering great views of the surrounding countryside. Spent overnight in Phonsavan. ================================================= Day 2 – Phonsavan – Muang Khoun – Luang Prabang by Road Start out early morning to visit the interesting Central Market, followed by a drive to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital. Here you will explore the ruins of several ancient pagodas in Lanna style, and visit Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. Thereafter, begin a long, but very scenic drive to Luang Prabang. En route you can stop at Ban Somboun, a picturesque Hmong village. Lunch is in the small market town of Phou Khoun, where you can visit Ban Kiu Kharm Pom, a friendly Khmu village, and Ban Nam Ming, offering lovely views from its bridge. Arrive in Luang Prabang by early evening.

Vang Vieng activities from Vientiane – 2 days

Embark on an exploration of Vang Vieng en route from Vientiane to Luang Prabang with a 2D/1N trip. Day 1 (Vientiane-Vang Vieng): Start out by traveling along the picturesque back roads to Vang Vieng, stopping en route at the famous Ban Keun salt mine to get an insight into the daily working life of the locals. Further, reach the picturesque Nam Ngum, followed by lunch (not included) overlooking a lake. Continue north, halting at Tha Heua, a small village specializing in dried fish, seen hanging in front of the houses. Reach Vang Vieng by mid afternoon, with spare time to visit Tham Jang cave and enjoy panoramic views of Nam Song River and the surrounding karst scenery. Relax the rest of the day, overnight stay at hotel. Day 2 (Vang Vieng-Luang Prabang): Leaving Vang Vieng early morning, make a brief photo stop at Phatang Mountain view point, offering amazing scenery. Optionally, you can stop at Koe Kuang, boasting a local forest market offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles – if you are adventurous enough to stomach it! Also, visit Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village, before arrival at Phou Khoun for lunch. Post lunch, reach and explore Ban Kiu Kam Pone, a Khmu village. Enjoy the opportunity to stretch out at Ban Nam Ming, a picturesque riverside village. Arrive in Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Tour to Sights & Sounds of Vientiane

Enjoy a half day city tour starting with a leisurely stroll in Vientiane, a quaint and easygoing town. Admire French colonial architecture betwixt beautifully gilded temples. Start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest surviving Siamese temple containing over 8,000 Buddha statues, followed by the erstwhile royal temple of Wat Ho Phra Keo, former home of the Emerald Buddha statue, now serving as a museum of arts and antiques. Then, travel up Lanexang Avenue for photographic moments of the Patouxay monument or Arc de Triomphe, commemorating the dead of past wars – uncannily similar to its Paris sibling. Climb to the top for panoramic views of Vientiane. Continue on along Rue Singha 23 to Laos

Cycling Highlights Tour

Embark on a half day cycling city tour. Leisurely cycle to major historic sites, starting with Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to survive the Siamese war, its cloister containing over 8,000 miniature Buddha statues and Wat Ho Phra Keo/Pra Keo, former home of the Emerald Buddha statue, now a museum of arts and antiques. Cycle up to Lanexang Avenue to take pictures of the imposing Patouxay Monument or Arc de Triomphe, commemorating the dead of past wars and bearing strong resemblance to its Parisian counterpart. Climb to the top to enjoy impressive vistas of Vientiane. Continue further down Rue Singha 23 to Laos

Visit to Buddha Park

Take a 1hr drive SE to visit the Buddha Park, built in 1958. Also called Xieng Khuan or Spirit City, the park is a collage of concrete moulded statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities and other bizarre figures, estimated to be centuries old. It

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