is the petite and charming capital of Laos, more
a town than a city and a very small town at that.
Located on the banks of the Mekong, Vientane has
been the centre of political life in Laos since
the 16th century. With its gentle, almost sleepy
pace, and low-key attractions, it remains an easy-going
introduction to the country.
Wat Sisaket has a unique collection of minature
Buddhas kept in thousands of carved niches around
the walls. It also has some fine 19th century
painted murals depicting the life of the Buddha
and beautiful floral motifs on the ceiling. Vientiane
has its very own Arc de Triomphe known as Patuxai
and built in the late 1960s using cement given
by the US to build a military runway. Vientiane
is such a lowrise city that views from the top
are quite spectacular.Shopping is pretty limited
in Vientiane, but for the best range of Lao products,
most visitors head to the Morning Market which
has pretty much everything that Laos produces.