Laos' compact modern capital, Vientiane, set on the banks of the Mekong River, has a slow-paced charm and delightful café culture.
“Vientiane is an extremely pleasant and welcoming city. Enjoying a Laos coffee on the banks of the Mekong River or a gentle cycle around town is a great way to spend the day here.”
Enfys Maloney, Team Leader
For those with an extra few days to spend in Laos, a trip to the capital, Vientiane, is a rewarding choice. Vientiane is an atmospheric and relatively quiet city, at least by Southeast Asian standards, and is best explored by bike.
Take a gentle cycle ride or arrange for a local cyclo tour to pedal you around and see the many temples and monuments Vientiane has to share. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane has an appealing café culture, thanks to the French influence, and a charming atmosphere, making it a delightful spot to spend a day or so soaking up Laos culture.
Southern Laos boasts the alluring 4000 Islands in the Mekong River and offers many off the beaten track options to see and explore, and Vientiane is an excellent jumping off point for an extended adventure around this beautiful and unspoilt country.
Recommended Accommodation in Vientiane
The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Vientiane.
Experiences in Vientiane
Vientiane offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of the local culture. See below for a few of our favourites
Weather in Vientiane
The Climate Guide for Vientiane is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||29||32||35||36||34||33||32||32||32||31||30||29|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||16||18||21||24||24||25||25||24||24||23||19||16|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||8||8||8||8||7||5||5||5||5||8||8||8|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||11||12||12||12||13||13||13||13||12||12||11||11|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||Moderate||High||Very High||Extreme||Extreme||Very High||Very High||Very High||Very High||Very High||High||Moderate|
|Days with some Rainfall||3||3||6||9||18||21||21||24||20||10||3||2|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||7||12||31||90||236||271||244||332||278||81||12||4|
|UV Index (Maximum)||9||11||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11||9||8|
Featured trips including Vientiane
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