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Things to do in Vientiane
Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, where you can enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Tour the temples at your own pace. Wander the riverside. Relax with a cold Beerlao as you watch the setting sun on the Mekong River. With so many other things you can enjoy and places that will charm you, the city attracts more and more visitors each year. But no matter what you decide to, Vientiane is just the place for you.
Start your Vientiane adventure with the divine. Go on a temple tour and be dazzled by the golden Pha That Luang, which is the most important religious monument and national symbol of Laos that’s at the heart of Vientiane. Nearby, you can see the Wat That Luang Tai in the south and Wat That Luang Neua in the north.
Take photos of the gorgeously vibrant Wat Inpeng. Add a fiery touch to your pictures next at Wat Chan. There’s also Wat Onteu, Wat Mixay, Wat Haisok, and Wat Si Saket. Catch a cab or ride the tuk-tuk, so you can spend hours admiring the impressive Buddha Park.
If you head to Patuxay Park, you’ll get to see the Laotian version of Paris’ Arch of Triumph. Get your fill of culture and explore Vientiane’s Lao National Museum, Hophakaew Museum, Lao People’s Army Museum, and Kaysone Phomvihane Museum. Catch a show at Lao Cultural Hall too.
Cruise along the Nam Ngum River and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Grab a bite to eat and have a taste of Laotian’s spicy and fresh food at the floating restaurants at the river. Spend your Lao Kip on shopping next at Ta Lat Sao, T’Shop Lai Gallery, Kanchana Boutique, Satrilao, and more. Once you’ve shopped until you drop, pamper yourself next in Vientiane’s many spa venues for a soothing Lao massage.
Schedule your trip during Vientiane’s exciting events for a truly authentic experience of the city. Join lots of locals and tourists in November for the That Luang Festival. Feel the thrill when you watch the Boat Racing Festival in October. See the colourful traditional costumes and other fun activities at Hmong New Year in December.
What you should know
The best time to visit Vientiane is during dry season from November to April, when there is almost no rain. November to February have the most comfortable temperatures and sunny days in Vientiane, while temperatures start to rise from March to May.
English is mostly spoken only in the tourist areas of Vientiane, so it would help to pack a good Lao or Thai phrasebook to help you on your trip.
You should start packing right now because Singaporeans like you can fly to Laos and visit Vientiane visa-free for up to 30 days. Check out the Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Vientiane
You will be welcomed in Vientiane through the Wattay International Airport, where you can reach the city easily by taxi and minibus services. Wandering around Vientiane is a breeze too with your choices of taxi, tuk-tuk, and bus. Renting a bike and walking around is also a fantastic way for you to travel around Vientiane.
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Temperature average in May
24.6 - 32.9°C
Rainfall average in May