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.