The Laotian capital of Vientiane is not a city often lauded as a tourist hub. Unlike Bangkok or Saigon, this lazy, tree-lined town is considered boring by many, and to be used only as a transit point for the rest of the country. We loved it.
Lao, one of our favorite countries in SE Asia, is a land of beauty, friendly people, and stunning architecture. Here, a scene from one of our favorite temples in Vientiane.
We ended up spending more time in Vientiane, Laos than planned due to an Indian visa snafu. What we found was an extremely pleasant capital city, teeming with Buddhist temples and some fantastic architecture.