Travel to the charming city of Vientiane, capital of Laos. It is one of the most charming and smallest capitals of Southeast Asia. It is small and compact, so everything is easily accessible, especially by bike or walking. Vientiane is virtually been cut off from the outside world, so that the colonial heritage has remained largely intact. The architecture is a mix of east and west; you see French colonial villas and traditional Lao wooden houses, interspersed with Chinese shops and modern buildings. Vientiane is well worth a visit during a trip to Laos.
Vientiane has many interesting sights. That Luang is the most sacred Buddhist monument in Laos and is seen as the main attraction of Vientiane. The stupa is a mix of Khmer, Laotian and Indian styles. The thirty-meter steeple is the real eye-catcher. Also striking is the Patuxai, the monument to the unknown soldier. Striking is the similarity with the French Arc de Triomphe. It was built in memory of the victims of the revolution in 1975. Remarkably, the Wat Sisaket, a traditional Laotian monastery and the oldest temple in Vientiane. Today it is a national museum. In the niches there are thousands of small and large Buddha statues. By contrast, the Wat Phra Kaeo, the second national museum, and in the past private temple of the Laotian royal family. It houses a remarkable collection Lao and Khmer artifacts. The Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) is located outside the center of Vientiane and is a nice excursion during your tour Laos.