Vientiane is the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, however with a population of approximately 500,000 people is probably the most laid-back capital in Asia. Located on the majestic
Mekong River with Thailand across on the other bank Vientiane (translated as 'sandalwood city') dates from the 10th century but has been the capital of Laos from the early 16th century to the present. At various times throughout its history Vientiane was controlled by Siamese, Burmese, Khmers, and more recently the French, and now displays a mix of many influences including Laotian, French, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Today Vientiane is a relatively small city with a relaxed atmosphere and treelined boulevards, French colonial architecture and old Buddhist temples to discover. Vientiane is also a good base for day trips to the scenic Nam Ngum Lake area or the visit the surrounding countryside.
Hotels in Vientiane
Settha Palace, Vientiane
Excellent, small luxury hotel in Vientiane
Beau Rivage Mekong, Vientiane
Boutique hotel on the banks of the Mekong River in central Vientiane
Green Park Hotel, Vientiane
Vientianes most stylish and welcoming boutique hotel
Ansara Vientiane, Vientiane
Small and modern cosy boutique hotel, an oasis in the heart of Vientiane.
Daosavanh Resort & Spa, Savannakhet
Comfortable, spacious accommodation on the banks of the Mekong River.
Crowne Plaza , Vientiane
A modern, convenient hotel with quality facilities and comforts.
RV Laos Pandaw, Vientiane
A charming, colonial-style cruise ship in northern Laos with Experience Travel Group.