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Laos’ charming capital nestles sleepily on the banks of the River Mekong. The premier city since 1563, as well as the administrative capital for the French, it’s only recently, as Laos has become a more popular destination, that Vientiane has shaken off its retiring, backwater image. The slow pace and relaxed vibes remain though, mingling with the French air that survives with the remnants of the colony and the old Buddhist temples, making it a truly delightful place to explore.

Vientiane at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Vientiane:

GMT +7
time difference
14.5 Hours
flight time
Wai Si
famous landmark
local food
best time to visit

Popular Holidays to Vientiane

Vientiane offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

Laos and Cambodia Unveiled Tour

17 days from £2,990pp
  • Angkor Wat
  • Mekong River
  • Colonial Vientiane
  • Pak Ou Caves
Highlights of Laos Tour Tour

15 days from £2,690pp
  • Mekong River Cruise
  • Khone Phapheng Waterfall
  • Phousi Hill at Sunset
Thailand & Laos Adventure Tour Tour

16 days from £2,790pp
  • Doi Suthep Mountain
  • Takbat Ceremony
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls

Things To See In Vientiane

No trip to Vientiane would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.