Mercure Vientiane Vang Vieng
Set on the iconic Mekong River, the hotel is minutes from Vientiane’s town centre and close to countless temples, diverse shopping and delicious cuisine.
A veritable home away from home, stay for extended periods without missing out on familiar lifestyle pursuits and daily routines. Vibrant locales, inspired living spaces, and residential-style amenities ensure that warmth and comfort are always at close quarters. Designed around your busy lifestyle and exacting standards, every Somerset Serviced Residence features high quality and personalized service amidst stylish and exceptionally appointed living spaces that are conducive to both living and working.
Lao Plaza Vang Vieng
The fitness center features a modern fully equipped gymnasium, jacuzzi, sauna, traditional massage, spa, aerobic dance classes and outdoor swimming pool. There is a business center with facsimile, personal computer equipment, access to internet. An exclusive shopping arcade features a wide range of selective boutiques in addition to a personal service beauty salon. (01/07PS)
City Inn Hotel Vientiane
Modern Asian influences abound in this inexpensive and central hotel featuring contemporary rooms with a balcony and an Asian restaurant, all placed a short stroll from the river and night market.
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.