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Along the Mekong

Fronting the mighty Mekong River, Vientiane really comes to life along the riverbank. The Riverside Night Market is popular for locals and travellers alike, with vendors selling everything from freshly cooked fish to local handicrafts. Alternatively, pull up a chair at one of the many river-facing restaurants and bars for a Beer Lao to watch the sunset over the Mekong.

Adding to the city's love affair with the river is a swathe of hotels perched along its banks. What's better is that many of the available luxury stays won't break the bank. This includes the Salana Boutique Hotel and the Dhavara Hotel, which offer 3.5-stars and 4-stars respectively.

A little taste of France

Vientiane's history has been touched by many cultures, which have helped shape the city. This is particularly true of France, and it's influence can still be felt throughout the city from the architecture to the cuisine. Experience this first hand at the Patuxia. Modelled after the Arc de Triomphe, it commemorates the Laotians before independence.

There are a handful of hotels that draw upon the French influence in Vientiane, with historic French-Colonial facades. This includes the boutique Ansara Hotel, which perfectly blends history and tradition to provide guests with comfortable rooms, beautiful surrounds and even a French-inspired breakfast. It's also only a five minute drive from the Patuxia monument.

Discover Buddha Park

Just outside of Vientaine, Buddha Park provides guests with a unique collection of Buddhist and Hindu statues.  These imposing structures are made out of concrete and stand amidst landscaped grounds. For the determined traveller, a similar park is located across the river in Nong Khai, offering an even more impressive collection of statues.

Buddha Park is a mere 30 minutes from the city centre, ensuring easy day trips should you wish to remain bunked up in the city. Though, if you'd like to get out of the city to further explore, the closest hotels are across the river in Nong Khai. Most are local inns or B&Bs with basic but comfortable rooms and low rates. 

 

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