Destination

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Lao PDR

Capital City

Vientiane

Rain

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25 °C

Local Time

Currency

Lao kip

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Lao PDR is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Its border neighbours are Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Viet Nam and China. A large majority of the Lao people still live in rural areas. The country stands out for its mountainous landscape, rivers and waterways.

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About

Vientiane often surprises with its relaxing and serene atmosphere, which prevails despite it being the capital of Laos. This city of 3,920 square kilometers became the country’s administrative seat since the 16th century, thus making it the home of numerous historical landmarks and ancient monuments of religious significance. The former French colony is also the perfect place to watch the sun set along the Mekong River, with a bottle of Beerlao in your hand.

Things to do in Vientiane

Khao Poon

Khao Poon
Khao Poon

Khao Poon

To Eat

Many countries in Southeast Asia have their own renditions of soupy noodle dishes, and khao poon shows that this applies to Lao PDR as well. Rice vermicelli is soaked in a broth of coconut milk, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and other herbs and spices to create this dish. It commonly features pounded chicken, fish or pork as well. Some consider it to be a relative of laksa.

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Khao Lam

Khao Lam
Khao Lam

Khao Lam

To Eat

Savouring khao lam is a good way to end any meal in Lao PDR. This rich dessert, which is the product of fusing sticky rice, sugar, coconut milk, grated coconut and red beans in a bamboo tube, is best eaten hot and freshly roasted. It is also a popular dessert in neigbouring Thailand. Be careful not to over-indulge though, as it can be a filling delicacy!

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Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial

Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial
Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial

Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial

To See

The Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial Museum was built to commemorate the former president of Laos by the same name. The interior design scheme of this complex is heavily influenced by that of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, while its exterior gleams proudly with Laos’ unique style of architecture. A bronze statue of the president stands in front of the complex, welcoming guests.

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Buddha Park

Buddha Park
Buddha Park

Buddha Park

To Do

You will probably find yourself rather intrigued upon visiting Vientiane’s Buddha Park, or as the locals call it, Xieng Khuan. This is because the park uniquely combines Hinduism and Buddhism in one setting, bringing together over 200 statues and sculptures that are inspired by both religions. Its highlights include a massive statue of the Reclining Buddha, as well as an entrance that is meant to resemble a demon’s mouth.

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Talat Sao

Talat Sao
Talat Sao

Talat Sao

To Shop

Talat Sao brings together the old and the new by allowing visitors to shop in either a shopping mall or a morning market, if not both. The former is an air-conditioned getaway from the heat of Vientiane that is also equipped with a cinema, while the latter prides itself on offering a wide range of goods at affordable prices. The morning market is also a good treat for the haggler in you!

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Pha That Luang

Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang

Pha That Luang

To See

Pha That Luang shoots into Laotian skies with its golden radiance and a height of 45 metres. The monument is enclosed by a similarly golden wall that is dressed with images of Buddha. It is said to contain a piece of Buddha’s breastbone that was brought to Laos by representatives of Ashoka during the 3rd century BC.

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Jaew Mak Len

Jaew Mak Len
Jaew Mak Len

Jaew Mak Len

To Eat

Where the Mexicans have salsa sauce, Laotians have jaew mak len. This spicy, sweet and slightly smoky sauce is best enjoyed with sticky rice, raw vegetable like cucumbers and crispy chips. It prominently features tomatoes as a main ingredient, along with chillies, garlic and—as you probably may have already guessed—fish sauce.

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