The Capital City: 36 Hours in Vientiane, Laos

Sunday, May 17, 2015 – Monday, May 18, 2015

So a lot of people hate on Vientiane.

I don’t blame them, but it is a city worth at least 36 hours of your time πŸ™‚

Let’s say the day starts at 8 am…

8 am -Noon

Do be a fool, and get a hostel with a pool πŸ˜‰

Like me, spend you morning enjoying the cool water and warm rays. Unlike me, make sure to APPLY SUNSCREEN. Sunburn is awful.


Vientiane, Laos

Dream Home Hostel, Vientiane


Noon – 1 pm

Eat a delicious lunch that supports a good cause and pop over to Makphet.

Makphet is a part of the TREE, a global alliance of training restaurants.

“All profits form TREE restaurants are invested in the students who train there and the social programs which support them on their journey to becoming a skilled, productive and happy young person with a more secure future”

The students are former street youth or come from other marginalized and at-risk groups. If you aren’t in Vientiane they also have restaurants in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Luang Prabang (Laos),Β Sihanoukville (Cambodia), and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

Feeling toasty from my pool time, I ordered a coffee drink that was essentially a coffee-coconutΒ milkshake.



Still craving the jeow from my cooking class I ordered eggplant jeow, and a fried fish dish covered in a sweet/tangy/spicy tomato sauce.



Oh my goodness so delicious!

1 pm -5 pm

Do some walking! Here is what I saw πŸ™‚

Strolled the streets…


Vientiane, Laos


Stumbled across the presidential palace…


Vientiane, Laos


Explored some temples, like Sisaket Temple with over 2,000 Buddha relics



and Haw Pha Kaew….


Vientiane, Laos


ha, just kidding, Ha Pha Kaew was under major repairs.

Then I kept walking to the Patuxay Monument. This monument looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but it is actually a monument dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. Ironic, perhaps?



Even though I had only walked 2 miles, I was starting to get pretty tired. I started to notice there is a true lack of shade in Vientiane. Pushing on, I walked a mile and a half to Pha That Luang.



Not sure if you can tell, but my entire walk, I was obsessed with the blue sky and all the fluffy clouds!


OK, at this point I’m tired, and there is NO WAY I am walking back to the hostel. Therefore, I got a tuk tuk πŸ™‚


5 pm- 6 pm

REST. I took a nap, but maybe you head back to that awesome pool at your awesome hostel.


6 pm -8 pm

Hungry? Do what I did and head to the night market! I even got there in enough time to see the sunset πŸ™‚



Being sunburnt, made me grumpy, which made me NOT want to walk around, so I found myself a rooftop bar, Bor Pen Nyang.

For dinner I ate some larb (minced meat salad)…


Vientiane, Laos


8 pm – 9 am

Sleep. At least I did. But you might want toΒ check out the night scene πŸ™‚


9 am -12 pm

Ok so…… here is where I messed up. I was SUPPOSED to wake up at 9 am and head over to buddha park for the morning. But when I opened my eyes my clock read 11:41 oops.


Buddha Park


The park isn’t that far away, and I probably could have made it, but I really just wanted to shower and relax.


12 pm -1 pm

Ray’s Grille. I was being lazy didn’t want to walk very far, so I stumbled across an American restaurant that was on my street, Ray’s Grille, where I had a really decent Philly Cheesesteak. I highly recommend Ray’s if you are craving American food!


1 pm – 6pm

Personally, I chilled at the hostel and worked on pictures and my blog. BUT you could…

  • Explore some more temples
  • Find a good coffee shop
  • Wander…


6 pm -6:30

Get yourself to the airport.



Or wherever you are off to πŸ™‚


Really wish I could have made it to Buddha Park, but overall I think I had a very successful 36 hours in Vientiane.



Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette





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