If you are heading to Laos and will be visiting the capital city Vientiane, there are lots of attractions and things to do when you stay there. Vientiane is one of the most laid back capital cities in the world, and when you plan your trip here, you can help to make sure that you have a fantastic time when you visit. Below are some of the things to see and do, to help you start planning your journey and ensure that you make the most of your visit.
Go For A Massage
One of the most popular things to do in Vientiane for locals and tourists alike is to enjoy a massage, and there are massage shops all over the city. You can choose from a traditional Laos massage, a foot and leg massage, oil massage, herbal massage, or even a Swedish massage to name but a few. After a long tiring day seeing the sights, it is an excellent way to relax and recharge your batteries.
Climb The Patuxai Victory Monument
The Patuxai Victory Monument resembles the Arc de Triomphe in France and is a throwback to the French colonial days of the country. It was built in 1962 and set in beautiful gardens which surrounds the monument, and you can get a bird’s eye view of the city by climbing up it. There is a small set of stairs which will take you to the viewing platform, or you can use the elevator, and it is the perfect spot to take some panoramic pictures.
Visit The Night Market
Another popular destination for both locals and tourists, is the Vientiane Night Market which is on the scenic waterfront of the city. The market opens every evening at around 6 PM, and it closes around 10 PM. It is an excellent place to explore to buy souvenirs or enjoy some of the local delicacies that are available, and there are a variety of different items sold here, from crafts to clothes, and everything in between.
Explore The City By Bike
There are many different temples and other cultural places to visit, such as the Lao National Museum or the Lao Textile Museum, and an excellent way to explore these places is by bicycle. Many guesthouses and shops offer bicycle rentals, and it is an efficient and cheap way to explore the capital. Take your map with you and plenty of water, and who knows what you will find when you cycle around the backstreets of Vientiane, in search of an adventure.