Things to do in Vientiane, Laos

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Things to do in Vientiane, Laos
Things to do in Vientiane, Laos

Visiting historical sites; trying street food and using the massage service are all the fascinating things you should not miss in the trip to Vientiane – the capital of Laos.

Situated in the lower reaches of the Mekong river, Vientiane, a part of the Kingdom of Laos, is gradually making great strides. As one of the most peaceful capitals of the world, Vientiane will certainly bring tourists the deep relaxation in their vacation.

Following is a suggested schedule for a trip to Vientiane and things to do in Vientiane, Laos within 2 days.

Day 1

Morning

The capital of Laos is always famous for numerous types of cakes and coffees with the wonderful flavor. You are advised to start your trip at the Le Banneton store, which is considered one of the delicious croissant and tart bakeries here.

Le Banneton store, Vientiane
Le Banneton store, Vientiane

At about 8.30 am, you go around the whole city on a tuk tuk offered by a travel agency, for example, Tuk Tuk Safari. Besides, you can choose a tour of “Discover Laos in one day” to visit a lot of famous markets, enjoy street food and tour silver-making workshops. If taking a tour here, you will be taken to a restaurant that specializes in giving street children a hand by teaching them how to cook dishes. You also can have a meal here. Making a trip to the rehabilitation center of COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) is also not a bad idea.

Afternoon

Pha That Luang, Vientiane
Pha That Luang, Vientiane

It is suggested to catch a tuk tuk to move to one of the most famous monuments of Laos – Pha That Luang. From here, you can go to Wat Si Saket before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Laos, which is called Lao Kitchen with famous larb dishes that is regarded as the national dish of Laos.

Night

It is an interesting idea to spend your night being involved in the boisterous atmosphere of the night market in the harbor beside Mekong river bank. Barbecues and snacks are sold from many stalls. In addition, you can enter the Bor Pen Nyang bar to sip various types of drinks and watch the sunset from the balcony.

Bor Pen Nyang, Vientiane
Bor Pen Nyang, Vientiane

If you want to spend the night in the rooms designed in the Indochina style, Lani Guest House is a good choice for you. This peaceful place is decorated with eye-catching patterns and chandeliers, but the price is relatively fair.

Day 2

Morning

You can eat breakfast at the Joma bakery cafe before visiting Green Discovery, a popular eco-tourism site of this country. With the main transportation of boat and bicycle, you will have the opportunity to walk through the immense rice paddies and the tree-covered island.

Joma bakery cafe, Vientiane
Joma bakery cafe, Vientiane

If you are not really interested in ecotourism, you can choose to stay in the city to visit the museums in Vientiane such as Kaysone Phomvihane and Haw Phra Kaew; or hire a tuk tuk to be taken to Xieng Khuan, one of the most famous religious landmarks in the city.

Afternoon

This is the ideal time for shopping. T’shop Lai is one of the most ideal addresses. Here you can buy handmade perfumes and soap. These products are generated by disabled craftsmen in Laos.

T'Shop Lai, Vientiane
T’Shop Lai, Vientiane

After shopping, you should enjoy the massage, one of the most popular services in Vientiane. These massage shops for locals will give you the great experience. One suggestion for you is the Oasis store.

Night

You should go to the Pimenton restaurant to enjoy one of the best steaks in Laos cooked by top chefs from Argentina. If you would like to enjoy the French cuisine, Le Silapa is a excellent place.

Pimenton restaurant, Vientiane
Pimenton restaurant, Vientiane

On the other hand, you should go to the Anou night market to be served with the local cuisine. Before coming back the hotel, it is not bad to enjoy the attractive drinks at the iBeam and Jazzy Brick bars.