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Vientiane Holidays

Holidays in Vientiane provide you with a fantastic opportunity to delve into the modern capital of Laos. Vientiane is home to some spectacular temples, the grandest of which, Pha That Luang, stands in the centre of town. Off the tree-lined avenues you’ll find a bustling and charismatic city filled with markets, riverside bars and crumbling French colonial architecture. In the countryside around you can visit crystal clear lakes or go on the hunt for rare orchids.

We definitely recommend you visit Pha That Luang temple, one of Laos’ best known national monuments. Built as a Hindu temple in the 1st century AD, it’s undergone countless reinventions and renovations over the years. The golden stupa has long been a symbol of Laotian national identity and warrants a dedicated trip.

Vientiane holidays: a city of character

We also recommend you visit another highlight of Vientiane - the Patuxai or ‘Victory Gate’. This beautiful structure was built in 1957-1968 in memory of the Laotian soldiers who gave their lives in the war of independence from France. The five towers represent the five Buddhist principles.

Experience the tranquil side of Vientiane with a wander along the banks of the Mekong River, stopping off at riverside bars for refreshments when the mood takes you. For a unique mode of transport to see the sights, tuk tuks are cheap and always available. At the morning market you’ll find everything from electronics to clothing and handicrafts, as well as a fabulous range of local delicacies. At night the town transforms into a foodie’s paradise, where local cooks serve up authentic bowls of noodle soup and spicy laap (the renowned national treasure of Laotian meat salad). Outside the city you’ll find Buddha Park, a green meadow filled with hundreds of statues depicting the Buddha. This is a peaceful place for you to spend an hour or two in quiet contemplation.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the soaring Pha That Luang stupa, a potent symbol of Laotian national pride, which towers over downtown Vientiane
  • Visit the morning and evening markets to pick up hand-crafted souvenirs and delicious home-cooked food
  • Sip Beerlao with locals and other visitors in the ramshackle riverside bars overlooking the Mekong River
  • Take a day trip out to the lakes or visit Buddha Park, which is home to hundreds of statues of the Buddha

Time Zone


Flight Time

Flights to Vientiane take around 14 hours and 30 minutes, exclusive of stopover time. There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Vientiane.


LAK - Lao Kip

Visa Information

British citizens are required to purchase a visa upon arrival.