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About Vientiane

Welcome to Vientiane, one of Laos most iconic travel destinations and home to an amazing array of sights, activities and events. Even first time visitors to Vientiane will quickly be enthralled by how fun and fascinating Vientiane really can be. For those looking a glimpse of the real Laos, or just a fun night out, Vientiane mixes old world charm with a modern and vibrant night life. Click the general information links below for further information.

One of Asia’s smallest and most unusual capital cities is Vientiane, the potholed administrative and political centre of communist Laos. Sleepy and slightly dishevelled, Vientiane lies along the northern banks of the mighty Mekong River, directly across from Thailand. This is the first stop for most visitors to Laos, and although the capital may come across as somewhat bewildering, there are more than a few surprises in this dusty city worth exploring.

Vientiane Overview

Some call it the "City of Sandalwood" and others call it the "Citadel of the Moon" - names that evoke more a Zen-like state than the busy life of a capital city. Vientiane stretches along ...

Vientiane Attractions

Vientiane's attractions hold and share the treasures of our nation. Celebrate Laos' unique and wonderful culture, delve into our proud history, and reflect on our nation's experience on the international ...

Vientiane Economy

 Vientiane (vē'əntyĕn', vyăNtyän'), city (1990 est. pop. 140,000), administrative capital and largest city of Laos, N central Laos, on the Mekong River, c.130 mi (210 km) southeast of the former ...

Vientiane History

 Thanks to its favourable location along the Mekong River in the middle of an enormous fertile valley, Vientiane has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century. The Khmer, Siamese, Burmese and ...

Vientiane Weather

Vientiane features a tropical wet and dry climate with a distinct monsoon season and a dry season. Vientiane’s dry season spans from November through March. April marks the onset of the monsoons which in ...