Located on the banks of Mekong River is Laos’ capital city, Vientiane. However, Vientiane travel is pretty much underrated and it is oftentimes overlooked by tourists. The city boasts numerous French-colonial architectural buildings and attractions such as Patuxai, one of the most significant historical structures in Laos.
One of the things to do in Vientiane is to explore its centuries-old Buddhist temples such as Wat Si Saket, Pha That Luang, and Haw Phra Kaew. Despite having many attractions in the city, it certainly gives off a laidback vibe that makes it unique among others.
Since you are already in Vientiane, why not give some time as well to explore more Laos tourist places in its neighboring cities? Get ready for a one-of-a-kind road trip and continue reading below to know which cities near Vientiane you can also go to without worrying about the time!
UDON THANI, THAILAND
Hitting two birds in one stone? Say no more! You can visit Udon Thani during your Vientiane travel since it is near the border of Thailand and Laos. can take the bus (approx. USD10) or a taxi (approx. USD25) traveling all the way from Vientiane to Udon Thani.
This city is known to be a major transportation hub in the northeastern part of the country. It is also home to a famous UNESCO World Heritage Center since 1992, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site. The site attracted people because of its unique red painted pottery.
Another neighboring city of Vientiane is Nong Khai, a famous tourist destination in the Isaan region of northeastern Thailand. It will be convenient for you to visit this little town since it is located right next to Vientiane with the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge connecting the two.
You can take the international Lao-Thai bus from the central bus station in Vientiane located next to the Morning Market to Nong Khai (approx. 15,000 kip/person) or take a Tuk Tuk taxi or Songthaew bus taxi from Vientiane International Airport.
You will surely have a great time here with its spectacular landscapes, waterfalls, and jaw-dropping sunset view.
Though it’s exceeding 2 hours of traveling, it is a very interesting destination traveling from Vientiane. The distance between these 2 cities is 157 km or it takes about 3.30 hrs to reach here.
Do you see how Vang Vieng looks peaceful today just as what these pictures show? In fact, this place used to be a party capital where western travelers flocked to have a fun night out with booze. You don’t believe it, right?
However, as time passed by, what was once a capital city for parties became a completely opposite kind of city when the government shut down the bars. Thus, Vang Vieng became a totally different city from how it was before.
Nowadays, Vang Vieng is an eco-tourism place where you will find serene landscapes and lush fields. It is now a place where you can relax and enjoy your quiet time away from the chaos of the world.
Another thing you can do while traveling is to immerse yourself in locals so you will get to know and experience the place better. On your Vientiane travel, you can go also to Muang Pakxan (Paksan) where you will surely feel how slow-paced life in this area is.
Since Pakxan is on the main road to Vientiane, you can take the bus to get there. Traveling time is around 2.5 hours.
This town is usually a rest stop that has guesthouses and markets – just like any other city out there. There are also several restaurants you can find and explore here. Aside from wandering around, you can also just sit down and interact with locals here over a drink.
Vientiane is truly gaining its popularity these days as one of the cities you must visit in Southeast Asia. Apart from the attractions and unending things you can do in this city, you may also visit places within your reach! Take this perfect opportunity to expand your itinerary by booking flights to Vientiane only at Bangkok Airways!