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Vientiane

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The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it. The mix of colonial French and traditional architecture adds an air of sophistication to the city, and newer developments, particularly along the waterfront, add a few modern touches to the scene. The surrounding rice paddies, visible at the end of many of the city's streets, provide a sprawling area of countryside to explore by bike or foot, while the river offers a number of outdoor activities and day excursions. Visits to Vientiane should be conducted at the relaxed pace of the locals so as not to miss any of the sights. Plan your tour of Vientiane and Laos travel itinerary using our Laos trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Vientiane

Pretty little Vientiane offers a good range of accommodations, with most either mid-range or upmarket hotels by national standards. Close to the riverfront sit the grandest of the bunch, with newly built high-rise hotels and boutiques set in old French colonial buildings. Move away from the water a little to find some standard, unassuming hotels, mixed in with a few more boutiques and high-rises overlooking the prettier plazas and along the main boulevards. For budget options, look at the guesthouses and hostels on the side streets around Rue Setthathilath, but make sure to reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.
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