Vientiane is the capital of Laos, locates curve of Mekong river and is in the center of the country, the west border is next to Nongkhai province, Thailand; which river is boundary point between these two countries, north is next to Vientiane province and east-south with Borlikhamxay province.
Vientiane Capital is main of management, political & economic & cultural & historical & characteristic tourism center of Laos. There are still many unique temples or Lao call “Wat” ວັດ, old French houses, Mekong is mother river for hundreds of years life which you can see beautiful sunset view at Mekong riverside and also have Chaoanouvong park nearby; Lao celebrate the big event of the country at Wat Chan riverbank of Mekhong as “Vientiane Boat Racing Festival”, this festival host on the next day after the End of Buddhist lent (the full day in Nov of each year). If you visit Laos you should go to That Luang (Great Stupa), this is nice yellow symbol of Laos and is very famous and Lao has Thatluang Festival with countless people every year.
The list of most popular temples and places
1) That Luang (Great Stupa)
2) Wat That Luang
3) Patuxai (Victory Gate)
4) Wat Sisaket
5) Wat Ong Teu Mahavihan
6) Hor Pha Keo,
7) Wat Simeung
8) President Palace
9) Wat Xieng Khouan, better known as the Buddha Park
10) Lao National Museum
11) Kaison Phomvihan Museum
12) Souphanouvong Museum
13) Two Lao Army Museums
Hotels, bar, and restaurants have a lot here in Vientiane, waiting for service tourists, eating multi-nationality foods, for example, Lao, Thai, French, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian as well, etc… Talad Sao Mall is one of the popular shopping of Vientiane, next to its but also Vientiane Center mall and nearby new Mega Mall of World Trade Center in the heart of the city on Khouvieng road, make Vientiane more international recently, Mekong riverfront is an area for Vientiane night market.
Moreover, the private sector created many of attractive gardens with remaining nature, suitable for a family trip, activities and relaxing areas, not so far from the city, about 15 to 30 KM with 30 minutes or an hour going to happening places examples below.
List of gardens:
1) Phuthai Garden nearby 450th-year road
2) Huay Koukham garden nearby 450th year road,too.
3) Champa garden has a lot of Frangipani,
4) Putawan Farm is about 40 km to the south 13th road.
5) Nadia farm is on the way between Thangon to Naxaithong village in Naxaithong district
6) Pheuksa garden has flowers, swimming pools in Naxaithong district
7) ID Garden is camping, location on the way to Sungthong district.
Google map of Vientiane Capital: