First leg of my trip in South East Asia started with this very beautiful city. From Kuching, we did overnight in KLIA 2, Kuala Lumpur for our early morning flight to Vientiane.
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- 20 minutes walk from the city centre or you could take a Tuk Tuk.
- Do visit early in the day or during evening time as it could get very hot later in the day.
- 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5) to get to the top of the Patouxay.
- There are plenty souvenir shops on your way up to the top.
Hat Don Chan Beach
- Look for this Hat Don Chan Beach (Not exactly a sea side beach but it is by the riverside) when you strolling at the night market.
- Make sure you come here for the sunset overlooking the border of Thailand right across the Mekong River.
- Plenty of activities such as paragliding, ATV riding and some aerobics taking places by the riverside.
Temples at Pha That Luang
- Free Entrance
- Tuk Tuk ride from City Centre to Pha That Luang cost around 30,000 Kip (USD 4 / MYR16)
- Pha That Luang located right beside this temple & entrance cost 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5)
- There are plenty of temples around here including a sleeping Buddha statue.
- Pha That Luang was on renovation when we were there.
JOMA Bakery Cafe
- If you love coffee and cakes, this definitely a place for you.
- JOMA Bakery are very famous for its huge portion of salads and local coffee.
(P/S: We didn’t know until we were in Luang Prabang, that’s why we ordered a burritos)
COPE Centre (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise)
It’s a visitor centre that educate the public the relation between people with disabilities that got affected by unexploded ordnance (unexploded bombs). US had been dropping millions of bombs from 1960s to 1970s. Many of these cluster bombs still remained in Laos Jungles and had affected the locals.
- Free Entrance
- Tuk Tuk from the city centre to COPE Centre cost around 30,000 Kip (USD 4 /MYR 16)
- Do watch documentaries short provided by the staff here.
Khop Chai Deu Restaurant
- We came to this restaurant after checking its high review on Trip Advisor.
- Definitely recommend this restaurant if you wanna try local Laotian food.
- Remember to ask for less spicy if you are not into spicy food.
Hor Kham (Presidential Palace)
- Beautiful Presidential Palace right at the traffic light junction.
- We are not sure whether this place are visitable but the view at night is just amazing.
Tips when traveling in Vientiane, Laos
- Always bargain with your Tuk Tuk driver.
- Ask your hotel staff / locals about the estimated price for the Tuk Tuk ride to your destination.
- Pricing for the intercity buses varies slightly but it always more expensive to purchase bus tickets at your hotel.
- They will do pick up for you at the hotel by Tuk Tuk to the bus station (only within 2KM radius)
- If you plan to go to Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang after visiting Vientiane, there are plenty transportation available. Especially the VIP buses and Minivans. VIP bus cost moderately cheaper than the minivan. I would highly recommend you to take the Minivan instead. We took VIP bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Took us longer than expected as the bus would stopped randomly at some places. Minivans are more comfortable and you will arrive at your destination sooner.
- We bought VIP bus ticket here (Vientiane to Vang Vieng – 45,000 Kip / USD 6 / MYR 25)
- We stayed in Hemera Hotel (15 minutes walk to city centre) and walking distance to Patouxay.
- I would highly recommend this hotel as well. Spacious room, super helpful and friendly staff.
- There is money changer that right in front of Hemera Hotel that offer higher exchange rate than the rest.
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