Vientiane is probably the most quiet and drowsy capital city in whole Southeast Asia. As former French trading post it mixes French-colonial architecture with Buddhist temples which are scattered all around the city. Temples such as national symbol name bearing 16th century Pha That Luang along with wide boulevards and three-lined streets are between many notable shrines.
Wandering in streets of Vientiane brings you to conclusion that there is only couple worth while sights and lots riverside promenades around wide bend of the Mekong river. City looks more like a cluster of small villages with few grandiose monuments in order to fuel the nation as a whole. Sleepy tuk-tuk drivers will be happy to help exploring all of it.
Its only been two decades since Laos reopened to the world. Yet, the city changed rapidly and is already full of various pleasures for all budget travelers. Ranging from low-cost street markets to fancy restaurants and unique accommodation. For those who are happy with river watching while drinking a locally crafted beer and not much else to do, this hospitable place is a paradise.
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