Vientiane is the capital city of Laos with a population of around 600,000 people.
It's a small city compared to most of the other capital cities in Southeast Asia. If you are looking to escape the crowd, busy traffics and high rise buildings then this is the place for you. You can be like thousand of people made tours to Laos for both business and pleasure.
This sleepy city was
with many unique
landmarks, great Buddhist attraction sites and some colonial buildings
left over during the French era.
Lane Xang Avenue
Since 1975 there were a couple
of new landmarks that were built to add the significant value to this
beautiful capital city like Lao National Cultural Hall picture below.
Lao National Cultural Hall
and Hor Dhammasabha or Buddhist
Hall which located in the vicinity of That Luang esplanade.
Hor Dhammasabha or Buddhist Hall
Vientiane has a wide range of accommodations
for you to choose. You can find 5 stars hotels to a simple guest house
to suit your needs and budget. You can check and compare Vientiane
accommodation and guest houses
before you make a booking. To save you time and money our
recommendation for you is to book your accommodation online before you
Sao (Morning Market) is a
favorite place for locals and oversea visitors. Here you can shop for
local products and Lao fine arts. The market is situated in Lane Xang
Avenue and only walking distance from hotels, restaurants and tourist
Further north about 120km from
Vientiane situates a small town of Vang
Vieng, a popular tourist
destination. Here if you are active and like cool fresh river water for
tubing, charming mountains for climbing and bike riding then this is
the place for you. Vang Vieng hotels provides good services, friendly
people and comfortable accommodation while you are away from home. So
don't leave home without booking as you will get discounts
and save time by booking online.
around the city:
There are many mini electric
buses that run on specific route from Tala Sao (Morning Market) to many
different suburbs around Vientiane. The fares are very cheap, riding
from Talat Sao to Dong-Dok about 9km away is only 1,500 kips (US$0.20
). These mini buses are also environmental friendly, make sure to use
them and you will save money too.
Here are some useful
information to help you learn more about Capital City of Laos.
View Vientiane or (Viang Chan), Laos in a larger map
for your informaton
Travelers can drop by this
office and find out more information about Vientiane as you can pick up
brochures and maps for US$1.00.
Vientiane by law all entertainment venues close at 11.30 pm, but some places open until 1.00 am. The city has cultural shows, movies, a circus, Lao boxing and nightclubs for you to get busy and enjoy. Here are some venues that you might be interested
Lao Traditional Show (Live show)
dancing performed by Lao National Theatre for tourists. The show starts
at 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Address: Thanon Manthatulat.
movie,music and dance. The centre also offers Lao and French lessons.
Address: Thann Lane Xang.
Don Chan Place Hotel has late night disco until 3.00am. Live music, dancing and drinking.
The currency of Laos is "Kip".
There are no coins in circulation. Notes of Kip are ranging from 50kip
Us dollars and Thai Bath are
widely accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels. Major currencies
and traveler's cheque in US dollars and pounds sterling can be
exchanged at most leading banks.
Following banks charge cash and
travelers cheque and issue cash advances against Visa and MasterCard.
Some have ATMs that work with foreign cards.
Address: 75/1-5 Thanon Lane Xang
Also has ATM
Address: 97/6 Thanon Lane Xang
Address: Thanon Lane Xang
Lao post office located
next to Talat Sao market at cnr Thanon Lane Xang and Thanon Khu Vieng.
Reliable postal services to anywhere in the world. Hours 8am-5pm Monday
to Friday and 8am to noon on saturday and Sunday.
And Internet Access
The cheapest way to use
mobile phone in Laos is to buy a prepaid phone card from phone shops or
mini markets. Alternatively, check with your phone company if it has
international roaming coverage there.
Laos is now have
internet cafes. The prices are cheap, connection is fast and reliable
and internet shops are widely available in the main cities. Many of the
shops are also offer international phones services too.
Here are some of them
that most commonly used by westerners are on Thanon Sethathirat and
Thanon Nokeo Khumman. Rates wary from US$0.70 to US$1.50 an hour and
most of them have international telephones facilities for about US$0.30
and Medical Services
in by air:
If you are in Thailand,
flying to Vientiane is easy.
Wattay international airport is only 4 km west of the city. This is not
a very busy airport, only limited international and domestic flights
services operates here daily. There are flights to and from Thailand,
Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Yunnan, west China almost every day.
travel to Laos for full details.
If you do not have Laos
visa yet do not worry, 15/30
days Visa are now available on arrival at the airport and the fee is
US$30 to US$42 (depending on your nationality).
In By Road
Bus Leaving Vientiane
three buses stations in Vientiane
1. Northern Bus Station Time Table
Situated at Thanon
Asiane about 2km northwest of city center. This station is for buses
going to the northern part of Laos including buses going to China
2.Southern Bus Station Time Table
Situated 9km from the city center and also commonly kown as Dong Dok bus sation or Kiow Lot Lak Kao. This bus station is for buses going to the southern part of Laos. Buses going to Vietnam stop here.
|Vientiane-Vang Vieng||153km||3-4 hours||Several times/day|
|Vientiane-Udon Thani||76km||2 hours||10.30-11.30am|
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