Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is a small city but packed with historic, religious, and modern attractions that wow the tourists. The city is also overflowing with Buddha statues, relics, and images from different ages and places. Shopping centers and nightlife venues in Vientiane are also pretty impressive.
In the city of Vientiane you can visit museums, temples, and many beautiful parks so make sure to enjoy all the wonderful things to do in Vientiane.
If you are coming from Thailand and passing along the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, you can take your first stop at the Vientiane Buddha Park just outside the city. This Buddha park is situated at the end of the Mekong River and features sprawling gardens containing a huge collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. The Vientiane Buddha Park is a beautiful must-see.
Sometimes you simply don’t want to be cultural. Then you’ll be happy to know that shopping is one of many great things to do in Vientiane when you need a break from the temples and Buddhas. The shopping opportunities are superb and there are a lot of different malls, department stores, and handicraft shops that are worth your while. Also the Vientiane shopping won’t ruin you, prices are often quite reasonable, especially if you are good at haggling.
There’s really no shortage of the Vientiane nightlife venues. There are several bars and clubs throughout the city and along the Mekong shoreline. Don’t forget to try the Beerlao, the national beer of Laos. Vientiane nightlife is a great addition to your holiday.
If you want to visit the neighboring countries, you can actually go from Vientiane to Hanoi, Vietnam and from Vientiane to Bangkok, Thailand. Vientiane to Hanoi by bus takes about 20-24 hours while Vientiane to Bangkok by train takes 11-12 hours. You can always choose to travel by plane but it will be more expensive.
The tropical wet and dry climate of Vientiane is characterized by a dry season running from November through March and a wet season spanning the months of April through October. The hottest month in the city is April, with an average high of 34.3°C (93.7°F), while the coolest month is January, with an average low of 16.4°C (61.5°F). Vientiane’s weather is hot and humid no matter the season.
If you want to witness the most important festival that is held at the most important landmark of Vientiane and the entire Laos, you can visit the city in November, in time for the Bun That Luang festival.
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