A quiet city that could be romantic for couples, the language barrier and weak tourist infrastructure make it more of an "adventure destination.
" Like Thailand, touts and car/tuk-tuk drivers charge extremely high prices and are unwilling to bargain because they know they are the only game in town. Your best bet if you want to see the "Buddha Park" (25 km east of Vientiane) as well as a few of the other sights around town is to find a group of like-minded tourists at guesthouses or hotels and rent a vehicle together.
Vientiane is a city, if you never been here before and just come here for an experience will do. May come to Laos through here to Long Probang.
We enjoyed see a couple of the monuments and stupas. However 1 days is enough to see most everything.
It has a very rural atmosphere even though it is the capital of the country. I wish I stayed only 1 day instead of 2 1/2.
A small town. Easy to see all there is to see, which is not much, in a very short time frame. There is fairly good food.
Everything is priced more than in Thailand and what you receive for the money is less, also. Very easy to see the people, citizens, of Laos are giving their tax dollars for political corruption.
Nothing much too do. Nice coffe shops and restaurants. Very French, fantastic baguettes and croissant.
It is lovely to stroll on the premenade next to the river. Night market, a carbon copy of Thailand with most goods imported from Thailand. Can be boring if you want sightseeing, not much to do. Two days maximum for a visit will do.
Friendly, kind, honest people. Amazing food at restaurants and street vendors. The night market on the river is lovely.
Highly recommend COPE Visitors Center, Makphet, Wat Sisaket.
I rented a bike to tour the countryside with a guide. The bike rental was on the same street as my hotel (Ibis) it was very convenient.
Biking around the cup its is good. It's a nice easy pedal mostly flat terrain. Exct for the humidity and heat it was a very enjoyable pedal.
Excellent..visa service for most embassies Good food and great shopping. Don t miss the night market along Mekhong river.
Small & relatively tranquil for a national capital, but good for a few days of relaxation, some light sightseeing, Beer Lao, and fairly authentic European food.
December a great month to visit in terms of the dry weather & cooler temperatures. Sisaket Temple, National Museum, Ave. Lane Xang with its Arc de Triomphe and fountains (etc), and Riverfront Night Market are all easily accessible from the central riverfront hotel area and will keep you occupied for a couple of days. Tuk-tuk drivers are a little bit on the blood-thirsty side and we avoided them generally. Though expensive by local standards, the central riverfront area also includes quite a few European - mostly French & Italian - restaurants. You will require taxi transport from the airport; maybe 5-7USD to the central rvrfrt area.
Its a quiet city. I was surprised by the wine that was there, stores everywhere with high end stuff. Wasn't sure if it was legit or not.
This capital city is getting larger with a large influx of foreigners in living here. Traffic is becoming a nightmare.
It is a city of quiet chaos. The road network cannot keep up with amount of inhabitants (permanent and temporary). There is plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment, business, culture, and tourism for many to see and do.
The capital city of Laos is a quiet chaos of people and changes. Many people are flocking to this city to do business and to buy up land, space, and/or buildings.
Tourists are also pouring in to visit one of the more pristine locales in Southeast Asia. The infrastructure (road ways - dirt or potholes) is not keeping up with influx of people and the new buildings going up. The biggest challenge is getting around safely and in a timely manner.
the area near the river is the old French part of town, along Rue F. Nginn and the parallel streets. it is full of good restaurants.
the best meal we had in Laos was at Pimenton in this area. some good shops too and the night market as well.
There is not much to do in Vientiane to warrant more than a 1&1/2 days at max as a tourist. There are plenty of Wats to see and that is mostly it.
Because it is an international city for business there are restaurants of all types for great food variety. The best Laos food we had was at the Laos Kitchen.
In short: if you do not like the mass tourism industry of Thailand, but do like South East Asian culture, it be easier to find it HERE.
The hotels are just slightly more expansive, and in general one finds less comfort, but the difference is not all that significant.
Inner Land city near the Mekong River and opposite of River is Thailand . Most of the people here are friendly and no many car and very quiet city and no pollution.
Really a peaceful city in Laos ... I just wonder if i stay for a year here... must be very bored
There is not much to be done nor seen in the city itself. One full day will cover most of the attractions.
Many attractions are located outside of the city though. One if them is the Nam Ngum Reservoir, about 2 hours drive away. An absolute sanctuary of nature and beauty. The rock features and islets can be compared with those of the romantic HaLong bay of Vietnam. A must visit place for those going to Laos.
Unless you're particularly keen to go here, you might want to reconsider it. vientiane is an over touristed place with not much to see or do.
The prices have risen dramatically over the recent years and it is no longer an inexpensive place to visit. Count on paying pretty much full rates just like home. Maybe still a place suitable for backpackers looking for something 'exotic' (if they can afford it), but otherwise, you'd be better off going elsewhere.
Beautiful city with many amazing tourist attractions and temples. City streets are always crowded with cars and they will park anywhere.
Wear bug spray or you're in danger of a mosquito bite. Night market is a must, as well as the golden stupa and Patuxai monument.
Vientiane is pretty laidback capital - even for a South East Asian standard. There's virtually no traffic, nobody is rushing anywhere, and there's so many cool coffee and pastry shops to choose.
Public transport may be a bit of a hassle, but once you're settled in most things are within walking distance. Staying one or two night here will be enough to cover the bigger attractions. More interesting places in Laos are actually in cities other than Vientiane.
It was too hot during the day and quit many shops were closed before opening for dinner. Night market was great because we could see the beautiful sunset in the river where many locals also enjoy walking and exercising.
The street food was great although I had some discomfort after eating barbecued squid.
Must see places are Pha That Luang, Patuxai, Wat Sisaket, Buddha Park, Night Market, sunset by the Mekong River.
Lovely little town, nothing like a typical Asian capital city. Small town, everything easy to find. There are son many nice buildings and temples everywhere right in throughout the city centre.
Don't like the tuk tuk drivers.
I love Vientiane. It is just very laid back, and peaceful :-) Don't expect to do much while there, and to be completely honest, you can visit all major attractions (i.
e. Temples) within one day and you can even walk from one place to the next (if you don't mind walking 30min at most).
Tuk tuk is very expensive compare to other countries in the region, costs usd 5 to 8 within the town.
People not friendly and have problem communicate with foreigners.
Vientiane (Viang Chan) is not a large city, and one can visit many sites, shopping areas and dine at excellent restaurants on foot.
It is a Buddhist religious centre with the delightful That Luang and Si Muang Vats (temples) as highlights for me. The shopping areas of Talat Sao and the Mekong River Market (evenings) were delightful. The Patuxai was a great place to meet local Lao people. Viang Chan is a transportation centre and the visitor moving on has easy access to other places such as Pakse, Luang Prabang, Xiang Khuang, Luang Namtha, Savannakhet, Thailand and so on from the Lao capital via bus and airplane. Viang Chan is a very enjoyable city.
everything is okay, it's Vientiane after all,always negotiate the charge of tuk tuk. the people at there are like super friendly, only that if they are more concerns and become a bit more sensitive about the food.
like some people they are vegetarian, and some they need kosher food which is seen a bit insensitive about this. overall, try and experience Laos.
Vientiane is the Dubbo of the orient. It's pretty darn small, doesn't really have much going for it as far as nightlife.
The people are nice except I got scammed once or twice, and yeah, not much else to report.
Very modest and limited options to do anything. 2 days here would be more than enough to do sightseeing
It's a quiet sleepy town, very flat terrain if you rent a cycle, many temples if that's your thing, no real nightlife to speak of and feels like somewhere you visit briefly on the way to somewhere else.