Two days in Vientiane in Laos

Sunset over the Mekong River
Sunset over the Mekong River

We did stay 2 days / 1 night in Vientiane, the capital city of landlocked Laos. Besides visiting the beautiful old temple "Wat Si Saket" with hundreds of Buddha's we made a late afternoon & evening walk along the mighty Mekong River.  Our walk did begin at the eastern part where the new extended land of Vientiane did rise out of the Mekong River. On the street-side there are still the small restaurants where many backpackers still enjoy their meal & drinks of Lao beer. But the riverside is gone, or better said moved about 50 meters. And that 50 meters is now a nice park where in the evening is a "Night market".

Walking along the riverside at the park you will see many young & older Lao people enjoying the evening & sunset. There are many Vietnamese ladies with a "mobile beauty saloon" and what is better then to enjoy a sunset, chatting with Line to your friends and you nails being done? Walking more west wards (up stream) the park ends and it starts to look again a bit like in the old days. With some simple Lao restaurants & Karaoke's. With small tables setup along the riverside and selling food & Lao beer.

Nail manicure along the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos

Walking a bit more west wards (up stream) the restaurants seem to upscale and there are even some cocktail bars along the river. Indeed a great place to relax, eat, drink and enjoy a stunning sunset over the Mekong River with Thailand on the other side. See you in Vientiane!

A few remarks after 2 days in Vientiane.

  • Most people wear helmets while on their motorbike, and better helmets as in Thailand.
  • Much less people are playing with their phone or tab in restaurants or on the street
  • Vientiane city has changed a lot, not always for the better
  • But some old icon's stayed unchanged
  • Why does a river stop people from making good French bread
  • Vientiane is still a village city

Dinner along the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos

Sunset along the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos