Top things to do in Vientiane

Top Choice Laotian in Vientiane

Doi Ka Noi

An authentic and unmissable Lao restaurant near That Luang that is guaranteed to spice up your life. The menu changes daily and focuses on home recipes and seasonal ingredients. Sample dishes include fish curry with…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Vientiane

Wat Si Saket

Built between 1819 and 1824 by Chao Anou, Wat Si Saket is believed to be Vientiane’s oldest surviving wat. And it is starting to show, as this beautiful temple is in need of a facelift. Along the western side of the…
Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Vientiane

Pha That Luang

Svelte and golden Pha That Luang is the most important national monument in Laos; a symbol of Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a tâht (stupa) here to …
Top Choice Cosmetics in Vientiane

T'Shop Lai Gallery

Vientiane's finest shop. Imagine a melange of aromas: coconut, aloe vera, honey, frangipani and magnolia, all of them emanating from body oils, soaps, sprays, perfumes and lip balms, plus bangles, prints, fountain p…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Vientiane

COPE Visitor Centre

COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is the main source of artificial limbs, walking aids and wheelchairs in Laos. Its excellent Visitor Centre, part of the organisation's National Rehabilitation …
Top Choice Fusion in Vientiane

The State of Pasta

Imagine fresh Italian pasta paired with traditional Lao flavours. That's the concept behind this new fusion restaurant, which has dishes you won't find anywhere else on the planet. Take the humdrum Bolognese sauce, …
Top Choice Laotian in Vientiane

Lao Kitchen

This superb contemporary Lao restaurant is unfailingly creative in its execution of trad Lao dishes. Colourful walls, alt tunes and good service complement a menu spanning stews, Luang Prabang sausage, láhp variatio…
Top Choice Cafe in Vientiane

Naked Espresso

One of the best-loved coffee shops in Vientiane, Naked specialises in home-grown Lao coffee and selected gourmet imports from places as diverse as Ethiopia and Indonesia. Light meals are also available, including sa…
Top Choice Fusion in Vientiane

Senglao Cafe

Named after a now-defunct cinema in the centre of town, this contemporary restaurant has a cinematic theme and restored leather chairs from the old movie hall. The fusion menu is ambitious but executed with some pan…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Vientiane

Spirit House

This traditional Lao house facing the Mekong has a well-stocked bar with enough cocktails on the menu to keep a roué rolling along. A chilled soundtrack complements the dark woods and comfy couches of its stylish in…