"Vientiane - the capital city of Laos" Vientiane by LotusV8

Vientiane Travel Guide: 802 reviews and 1,867 photos

The monument of victory -Patpuxay

This is the landmark of Vientiane, a 46 m high concrete construction, it was never finished because different problems (war etc...) made the people take care of other issues than building monuments and the lack of money ofcourse.
When we visited Vientiane it was the dry season but it was raining heavily and only 10´ C!! - I wonder how it is during the wet season!
Vientiane is very quiet and the people are very friendly, maybe the most friendly in Southeastasia, they speak in a quiet way, almoust like whispering.
Vientiane was a very strange experience and absolutley a place to visit.
You don´t need to stay more than 2-3 days - then You have seen all of the town.
It is a very poor country, the average income is about 300 $ in a Year.


Vientiane has many beautiful tempels, and You can easily see them all by foot, like most of the things in town.


It was quite fun to see beautiful decorated toilets at the restaurants.
Look at the towel in the right bottom corner - it´s a doll!
Remember to bring toiletpaper, it´s ofthen stolen.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful and very strange, calm and sleeapy
  • Cons:Not much to do, see or buy
  • In a nutshell:I´m happy that i spent a few days here!
  • Last visit to Vientiane: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 4, 2004
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  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2006 at 5:20 PM

    Nice page and some great tips! Have saved some for our next trip!

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 10:44 PM

    Hej Per! Wonderful page on Vietiane. I really want to go to Laos, maybe in 2008. When will you visit exotic Finland? Grattis på din födelsedag!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 2:36 AM

    Great page, I really want to get back to see more of SE Aisia

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2005 at 11:42 AM

    I hope to go there one day. For the time being it's been nice to read your impressions.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 3:21 PM

    Glad you enjoyed my views. Looks like you had a great time despite the odd weather for that time of year. Too bad you didn't make it to Veng Viang. Maybe just another good reason to go back.

  • Rodan44's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 5:43 PM

    Glad you enjoyed Vientiane as well. It's definitely a strange and fascinating city. You have a lot of great info and pics on this page.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2004 at 1:23 PM

    Great page Per! Thanks for showing a bit of this unknown country to me! Beautiful temples, but brrr.... it's cold overthere! ;-)

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 7:59 AM

    Great page! I just read a book that was set in Laos, quite an interesting place!

  • Wafro's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2004 at 7:57 AM

    Nice Laos Page. Ooh,... by the way!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2004 at 7:33 AM

    Nice to read about your recent trip. Wonderful tips and travelogues. I will visit your other pages soon. .

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