Travel Guide and Tips: Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Even though it's a big bustling city, there isn't much to do here unless you want see the architecture and food. If you want to see Vientiane, I'd suggest only staying here for a night or two. But you're better off somewhere else for activities. 

Things to do

1) Buddha Park

Buddha Park is a quirky place with a mix of Buddhist and Hindu statues. It doesn't make too much sense, but that's the best part about it. Walk around to explore the area and head up the giant pumpkin for a view of the park. 

To get there, take the Number 14 bus at the central bus station. It costs 6,000 kip one-way and takes an hour to get there. 

2) Patuxai Arch (Arc de Triomphe replica)

Located in the city centre is a replica of the Paris' Arc de Triomphe. Like the original, It even has the roundabout, but it's a lot less hectic. You can pay an entrance fee to walk up the stairs to see a view of the city. 

3) Pha That Luang Temple

The Great Golden Stupa is a national monument for Vientiane. There's a entrance fee of 5,000 kip to enter the gate to see the stupa. Other parts of the temple are free, so you can wander around and find the giant Buddha. 

4) Night Market

Opening at sunset, the night market has a mix of clothing, food and knick-knacks. Walk down the street if you want to find the food vendors. Some will have tables and chairs and others will just be the stand. 

Where to eat

Market by the bus station

Looking for cheap eats? Head to the markets across the bus station for a sandwich! They're only 5,000 kip. It makes a great breakfast or lunch. You can also purchase fresh fruits here too. 

Vieng Nem Nueng 

If you like Vietnamese Nem Nuong (sausage pork) and egg rolls, head here for lunch or dinner. It's pretty affordable at 20,000 kip per serving. The serving comes with noodles, nem nuong or egg rolls, fresh vegetables and dipping sauces so you can make your own lettuce wraps. It's makes a delicious and healthy meal. 

Where to stay

Mixay Paradise Guesthouse

It's a budget guesthouse with a feel of a hotel. The many employees work around the clock and are always there to help you out. They have free coffee and bread between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In the afternoons, if you sit at the tables, they'll give you a coupon for a free slice of cake and drink. They also clean your room everyday and give you fresh towels. 

  • Private room with fan and shared bathroom = 100,000 kip
  • Private room with A/C = 140,000 kip. 

Happy Travelling! 

Visiting Buddha Park in Vientiane

Buddha Park makes no sense, which is why I like it. It's a park filled with Buddhist and Hindu statues about 25 kilometres from Vientiane. It was created in 1958 by a shaman-priest who integrated Buddhism and Hinduism. So, you'll see themes of both throughout the park. 

The park itself isn't that big, but you can spend some time observing the 200 or so statues. Head up the pumpkin for a full view of the park. Note that the stairs are really steep and the ceiling is a little low. So if you're tall, you're going to have a bad time. 

How to get there

Taking the public bus is the cheapest way to get there. You'll need to take Bus 14, which is located across the street from the main bus terminal on the market side. It's a green coach bus. The ride costs 6,000 kip one-way and takes about an hour. The bus is pretty nice and has leather seats as well as A/C. You'll know when to get off because you'll see the iconic statues. 

To get home, wait at the bus station across the street from the park. There is a stand that offers cold drinks as well. The bus comes about every 20 minutes. 


  • There's an entrance fee of 5,000 kip and it's 3,000 kip for a camera. If you ride a scooter there, there's a parking fee of 5,000 kip. 
  • The park is opened from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • You can also take a tuk tuk or arrange with a tour company to get there, but it'll cost more. 

Happy Exploring!


Transit Guide: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

As the capital city of Laos, Vientiene is filled with Buddhist temples and French architecture. It's bustling streets make it a perfect spot for travellers looking for big city comforts. 

How to get there?

If you walk around Vang Vieng, there are tons of shops offering bus tickets. Shop around for a decent price. We noticed most of the pricing was between 40,000 - 70,000 kip. It depends on the timing and what type of bus you take. We ended up taking a mini-bus for 50,000 kip. It was pretty late picking us up, so we had terrible seats. 

The bus ride was decent overall. The winding roads were very bumpy, but we've started getting used to it. We've come to accept that Laos roads aren't the greatest. The ride takes around three hours to get there with a short washroom and snack break. The ride wasn't too scenic, so feel free to use it as nap time. 

Happy Travelling!