The capital city of Laos rises out of a quiet, wide bend of the Mekong River. A thriving marketplace lines the promenade overlooking the water and offers spectacular views to passing boats, lingering couples, and the spectacular cuisine crafted in front of the eyes of passersby. Renovated French colonial villas add to the grace of the capital city’s serene ambiance, with traditional Laotian architectural embellishments. Cafes carrying on the tradition of French pastries and decadent coffees fill the air with the aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and freshly roasted coffee beans amongst restaurants offering a mixture of comforting traditional Laotian cuisine and international dishes.
Your flight lands at Wattay International Airport, where your private transfer awaits your arrival. Palm trees and ferns add layers of exotic tropical atmosphere to the tranquil cobbled boulevards. Shops offer marvelous window displays of contemporary styles popular in Southeast Asia. You take the time to settle into the comforts of your accommodation situated within the grandeur of a renovated French villa, shaded by the encircling palm trees. After taking the time to enjoy the dangling chandeliers and glinting marble features of the lobby and dining room, you set out into the city to stroll along the captivating riverside promenade.
The government utilized the location to dam the edges of the Mekong to keep the waters from flooding the city during the wet season. The market comes to life at night with vendors offering clothing and popular trinkets set beneath the red-tented stalls. The scent of chili and ginger emanates from food stalls speckling the promenade. You can sit with a traditional green papaya salad, known as tam som, and enjoy the view of the city at night along the riverbanks while enjoying the light flavor of unripe papaya spiced with chili and dressed with sour lime.