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Vientiane, the delightfully friendly and low-rise capital of Laos is studded with crumbling French mansions, bougainvillea-blooming streets and steaming noodle shops. It is a quaint and easygoing place hugging a bend of the Mekong River. Offering plentiful sights from Buddha Park to the Morning Market, Vientiane visitors will be captivated by the unusual sights. Patuxai – reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is Vientiane’s most famous monument. Not to be missed is the most important national monument, the Pha That Luang, symbolizing the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.
Vientiane has an almost impossible rich selection of restaurants serving international cuisine, mostly French, Chinese and Tex-Mex. Douang Deuane Restaurant & Wine Bar is where you can taste Lao, Thai and Vietnamese specialties set in a traditional setting and a friendly French host. Cocktail lounges and rooftop bars provide entertainment for most of the foreign visitors in Vientiane. Shopping needs may be satisfied by Talat Sao, Vientiane’s biggest market with a sprawling collection of stalls offering Lao fabrics and textiles, jewelry, ready-to-wear apparel, and just about anything you might need.
Bus services, taxi, tuk tuk and bikes are the means of public transportation in and out of Vientiane. The best way to cover more places and sights is by renting a bicycle.