Busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country, Vientiane is still quiet compared with any other city in Asia. As of all Laos’ major cities, Vientiane is situated on the Mekong River, which forms the lifeline of the country. There’s a real mix of cultures here, with French colonial architecture sitting next to gilded temples, and freshly French bread served by shops selling noodle soup.
Settha Palace Hotel
The city's finest place to stay, Settha Palace is an absolutely charming French colonial style hotel steeped in lots of history, meticulously restored to its former glory and set in the heart of Laos' capital of Vientiane.
Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw & Luang Prabang
From the capital city of Vientiane to the hill tribes of Muang La, from the sparkling temples of Luang Prabang to the soaring mountain scenery of Nong Khiaw, this itinerary really showcases Laos' fairy-tale landscapes, exotic temples and colonial history while giving you a unique insight into one of Asia’s least traveled countries.