Vientiane, the sleepy capital city, is the point of arrival for most visitors to Laos. Despite being the country’s largest city, Vientiane has a population of only 450,000. There is a timeless feel to the dusty streets, riverside cafes and ancient temples of this beguiling cit.
The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop retains a unique charm rarely found in all Asia. Here is plenty to see, some of which are the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai with five tiered roofs.