Vientiane

Capital city:Vientiane
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Top Descriptions

As capital cities go, especially those in , Vientiane is pretty relaxed and manageable. There’s a good international dining and cafe scene here for the midrange traveller and a strong expat crowd, and for the most part things are clean and orderly – if a little bland. The city’s position opposite on the banks of the Mekong River makes for pleasant evening strolls, where there’s also a congested but handy night market for stocking up on souvenirs and knock-off clothes. While Vientiane is unable to boast an impressive array of attractions, religious sites such as , and are certainly worth your time, and the nearby is definitely as intriguing and creative as it is bizarre. Whether you find yourself here at the beginning or end of your experience, this city is not a bad place to kill a couple of days by any means. However, while Vientiane might be symbolic in its size and lack of facilities of what this country has in store, it clearly lacks the rural limestone scenery of northern that has no doubt drawn you here in the first place. Vientiane is also hotter, drier, flatter and more mosquito-ridden than locations further north, so if you’re visiting during March, April or May then do be forewarned. – Daniel
 
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There aren’t many supermarkets in town, but is central and should be good enough for your basic needs.
While most will say that one or two days is enough in Vientiane, you’ll probably find it hard to really appreciate the rhythm of the city in less than three.
If you’re looking for street food, restaurants and where most of the buzz is, you’ll want to head down towards the – especially once it’s dark.
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:ວຽງຈັນ
Also known as:Viang Chan
 
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Environment type:river
Location type:city, urban
 
Religion type:Buddhism

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Laotian Kip (LAK)
Average daily budget:LAK237,500

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:4 nights
High season:November to March
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, Lao
Timezone:UTC+07:00
Country calling code:856

How can we get there?

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Geographical feature:Mekong River

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:13
 
Travel time to attractions:25 minutes
Travel time to next location:3 hours, 40 minutes
 
Size:3,920 km2
Altitude:174m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlLAK9,500
Beer (national)500mlLAK5,500
Fizzy drink1 litreLAK7,000
Fruit juice1 litreLAK14,000
Gin (multinational)1 litreLAK114,000
Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litre
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Oil1 litreLAK14,000
Rum (multinational)1 litreLAK126,000
Rum (national)1 litre
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Vodka (multinational)1 litreLAK132,000
Vodka (national)1 litreLAK18,000
Water1 litreLAK4,000
Whisky (multinational)1 litreLAK178,000
Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottleLAK117,000
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Almonds100gLAK12,000
Apples1kgLAK10,000
Bananas1kgLAK8,000
Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loafLAK19,000
Carrots1kgLAK12,000
Chillies1kgLAK30,000
Chocolate (multinational)1 barLAK8,000
Chocolate (national)1 barLAK3,000
Coconut milk1 canLAK6,000
Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozenLAK13,000
Garlic1kg
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Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jar
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Ice cream1 unitLAK8,000
Jam1 jarLAK17,500
Onions1kgLAK10,000
Oranges1kgLAK18,000
Pasta1kgLAK30,000
Peanut butter1 jarLAK28,000
Peanuts100gLAK2,000
Potatoes1kgLAK12,000
Raisins100gLAK5,000
Rice1kgLAK12,500
Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kgLAK16,000
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Conditioner1 bottleLAK23,000
Condoms1 packLAK13,000
Deodorant1 canLAK19,000
Floss1 packLAK12,000
Hand sanitizer1 bottleLAK10,000
Laundry soap1 bar
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Razors1 packLAK19,000
Sanitary towels1 packLAK15,000
Shampoo1 bottleLAK12,000
Soap1 barLAK4,000
Tampons1 boxLAK27,000
Toilet roll1 unitLAK2,000
Toothpaste1 tubeLAK3,000
Washing powder1 boxLAK5,000
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 pack
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Chapstick1 unit
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Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 packLAK3,000
Ibuprofen1 packLAK1,500
Mosquito repellent1 bottleLAK17,000
Nail clippers1 setLAK8,000
Plasters1 packLAK9,000
Sun cream1 bottleLAK43,000
Sunglasses1 pair
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Batteries4-packLAK10,000
Chilli powder100gLAK4,500
Cigarettes (multinational)20-packLAK15,000
Cigarettes (national)20-packLAK5,000
Coriander100gLAK18,000
Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreLAK8,560
Internet1 hour
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Lighter1 unit
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Matches1 pack
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Paprika100gLAK15,000
Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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