Lao PDR’s capital with its French heritage, offers historical sites, Cheap and good Lao massage and shopping and, of course, delicious French food.
Pha That Luang (●Thanon That Luang): A must-see monument, it is Laos’s most important symbol of Buddhism and Lao sovereignty.
Wat Si Saket and Haw Pha Kaew (●Thanon Tha Deua): More than 300 Buddhas of different sizes and styles can be found in Wat Si Saket, while Haw Pha Kaew is today a museum showcasing religious art.
Wat Sok Pa Luang (●Thanon Sok Pa Luang): Join Buddhist nuns, monks and novice monks in an afternoon pooja at this forest temple located three kilometers from the city center.
Xieng Khuan (●Thanon Tha Deua): This sculpture park, also called Buddha Park, was built in 1958 and it features icons of the Buddhist and Hindu traditions amidst quiet and green surroundings.
Le Banneton (●Thanon Nokeo Khumman): Stop by for a baguette, éclairs or macarons that you enjoy seated in French style on the terrace, looking at people walking by.
Makphet (●Thanon Setthathirat): Traditional Lao food with a social mission; everything you eat and/or buy there will help local disadvantaged children.
Café Sinouk (●Rue Samsenthai): Don’t miss stopping by to try Lao’s traditional coffee with condensed milk. Yum!
La Belle Epoque Restaurant (●Settha Palace Hotel, 6 Pang Kham Street): Classic French and Thai fine dining.
Population: Approximately 800,000
Languages: Lao (official), French, English, other ethnic languages
Currency: Lao Kip; USD 1 = LAK 7,881; THB 1 = LAK 238. THB are widely accepted.
Climate: Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
More info: Tourism Laos