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Vientiane, Laos - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

We were excited to travel in Laos, the fact that we will be traveling by sleeper train from Bangkok. Traveling by a sleeper train will be our first time to do and it is one of our bucket lists.

The capital is Vientiane(Lao: Viangchan), located on the Mekong River in the northern portion of the country. It has forested mountains, upland plateaus, and lowland plains. Laos also has agriculture and vast rice fields. Laos is bounded to the north by China, to the northeast by Vietnam, to the south by Cambodia, to the west by Thailand, and to the northwest by Myanmar. Laos was known as the “Land of a Million Elephants,” is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia.

how to enter vientiane

Lao People Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) visa applies to all foreign nationals who wish to visit the country as tourist.  Tourist visa will be given an equivalent of thirty (30) days stay in the country. But some selected countries are given 14 days or 15 days.  For more details on visa information, you may visit Lao PDR immigration website. Countries that are not on the list are required to obtain visa-on-arrival at a fee of US$35. ASEAN countries are excepted to obtain visa-on-arrival and are only required to have a validity of passport that is good for at least 6 months. 

best time to travel vientiane

The season in Vientiane are hot, relatively dry, humid, and rainy during southwest monsoon season in May or June.  Our recommended time to travel is from October to December where the weather is at its best. During our visit in Vientiane the skies where clear and it was a sunny da experience.

how to get there

We ride a sleeper train from Bangkok to Vientiane, Laos.  Bangkok sleeper train tickets can be purchased at Bangkok Train Station or Hua Lamphong at the counter, One-way ticket fare will be at.  The ticket was purchase ahead of time early in the morning to avoid inconvenience if we book it late in the afternoon. Our schedule of departure was at 8 pm.

By 7:30 pm the conductor informed us that we can board the train. We look for our designated train cabin and allocated seats and at exactly 8 pm the train depart Bangkok. The train seats can be converted into a mini bed with the help of the train in charge.  Along with that they provide bed cover, blanket, and pillow. Train conductor will ask if we want to order breakfast the next morning.  So we did order our breakfast for two at about 150bhat.  Sleeping through the night with the sound and noise of rail track is both challenge for us. But along the way we manage to find to sleep that night.

On the early morning, the person in charge delivers the breakfast we have ordered the night, and it was a good one, serve on a plate, with egg, bacon, and rice with coffee. We arrive at Nong Kai which is the border of Thailand station at around 8am and directly went to clear immigration and purchase train ticket to Thanaleng which is the border of Laos. The train ticket cost at 30 bhat. We hired minivan to reach the city of Vientiane and pay for 150 bhat/pax.

transportation

The best way to get around the city Vientiane is to hire local Tuk-Tuk.  It is the cheapest way to visit popular landmarks in Vientiane compare to renting a taxi or private car.  For us, once we arrive in the city of Vientiane, we look for a local tuk-tuk driver to help us visit places of interest.

Places that we have eaten

Vientiane, Laos
Vientianne, Laos
Vientiane, Laos

Places that we have been

Once we arrive in Vientiane, we look for local Tuk-tuk driver and hire him to guide us visit the famous landmarks in the city.  We are able to look one and we agreed with the amount of 40,000 kip for a half day tour of places ( Patuxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam).  We choose to hire local tuk-tuk driver because Pha That Luang is quite far from the main city and as recommended the best way to get there was to hire a tuk-tuk.

Patuxai |

Patuxai is a war monument located in the city center of Vientiane.  Patuxai was built to dedicate the country independence from France.
Entrance Fee: FREE | Opening Hours:  8am-4pm (Daily)

Vientiane, Laos

Pha That Luang |

It is gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the center of the city of Vientiane
Stupa:  It is a hemispherical structure that contains the relics and it is used as a place of meditation for most Buddhist.
Entrance Fee: 5000 kip | Opening Hours: Mon-Sunday (8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm)

That Dam |

It is a structure of a black stupa that contains most of the relics of the Buddha.
Ticket Fare: FREE | Opening Hours: 24 hrs

After we took our lunch on together with our tuk-tuk driver we ask him to send us to Patuxai.  Once we reach Patuxai, we slowly navigate the remaining landmarks below which are quite near and it is just a walking distance to each other.

Ho Phra Keo |

It is one of Laos’ most highly venerated temples, now turned into a museum.  The outside of the museum is a garden with beautiful flowers and green grass.
Ticket Fare: 5000 kip | Opening Hours: Mon-Sunday (8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm)

Chao Anovoung Park |

It is a scenic park located near the riverside of the famous Mekong river.  The park is the common place where locals go for a picnic, aside from that nightly markets and souvenir shops are available near the park.
Ticket Fare: FREE |
Opening Hours: 24 hrs

Presidential Palace

It is the official residence of the President of Laos, who, informally also holds the position of General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

Vientiane, Laos
Adventures - Vientiane, Laos

We would consider Laos as a laid-back country where you can relax. A destination for travelers who wants to get rid of the usual city life. We walked around the city and observed Lao culture. The Lao people were friendly and accommodating. We visited a few temples and saw monks in orange robes everywhere.

A small city that charms tourist where it is full of history and mystery. The city is developing and improving. We noticed a lot of local cafes and restaurants. It was a delight to see a growing city like Laos.

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Please check below our 1-Day Trip at Vientiane-Laos for reference.

1 DAY TOUR - VIENTIANE ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 06:00am Wake Up.Ready
  • 06:30am Breakfast
  • 07:30am ETA Nong Khai
                     Thailand Border Immigration           
  • 08:00am Ride Train at Nong Khai
                      Head to Thanaleng
                      Laos Border Immigration
  • 08:15am Ride Tuk Tuk
                     Head to Vientiane
  • 08:30am 1st stop
                     Patuxai
  • 09:00am Hire local driver for Day tour
  • 09:30am 2nd stop
                     Pha That Luang
  • 10:00am 3rd Stop
                     Wat Si Sakit
  • 10:30am 4th stop
                     Haw Phra Kaew
  • 11:30am Lunch
  • 12:30pm 5th stop
                    That Dam
  • 01:15pm 5th Stop
                     Chao Anouvong Park
  • 02:00pm 6th stop
                      Ho Phra Kaew
  • 02:45pm 6th stop
                      Presidential Palace
  • 03:30pm Ride Bus
                     Head to Thanaleng Border
                     Laos Immigration
  • 04:15pm Ride Train Nong Khai
  • 05:30pm Dinner
  • 06:30pm Depart   
                      Sleeper Train
                      Head to Bangkok

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