Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is often overlooked by travelers but given a few days, you’ll be smitten by the city’s laid-back vibe, a rarity for any Southeast Asian capital.

Further north, Luang Prabang, the former colonial town and royal seat, charms guests with beautiful temples and a lost-but-not forgotten ambiance.

Check out the pictures below:

Flag holder at the Vietnam/Laos border
A street fair in downtown Vientiane
Sunset on the Mekong River, which flows through Vientiane
A view of Vientiane from Patuxai (Victory Monument), a replica of the Arc de Triomphe and built in 1969 with cement donated by the US government for construction of a new airport. It's called by expats: the "Vertical Runway" since the cement was misappropriated
A window in Patuxai, Vientiane's replica Arc de Triomphe
Wat Pha That Luang, Laos's most important national monument and symbols of Laotian Buddhism and national sovereignty, in Vientiane
Wat Si Saket, built in 1818 by King Anouvong, is Vientiane's oldest temple
Buddha statues carved into the wall at Wat Si Saket
A Buddha statue in Vientiane's Wat Si Saket
Kids eating ice cream in Vientiane's northern bus station
The Laotian countryside between the capital, Vientiane and Luang Prabang in the northern Laos
A temple built in 1904 for Laos' former King Sisavangvong's worship, next to his palace in Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Waterfall near Luang Prabang

2 Responses to “Laos Part 3: Vientiane & Luang Prabang”

  1. david

    that waterfall picture is absolutely insane! nice job micah

  2. Chad

    I think I jumped from that tree into the water when I was there!


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