Vientiane maintains a relaxed ambiance alongside the banks of the Mekong River. The capital city shines with gilded Buddhist temple filigree and French architecture recalling the era of French colonialism. Quiet cafes line the streets of Old Town beneath the shade of the lush jungle canopy while the soaring figure of the Victory Monument adds to the modest skyline of Southeast Asia’s smallest capital city. Your private transfer will greet you at Wattay International Airport upon your arrival on Laos, and then bring you to your luxurious hotel at the heart of Vientiane.
The renovated French villa will offer views of a blossoming garden brimming with the colors of exotic flowers. The aroma of tamarind will fill the air as you make your way to the Patuxai Victory Monument with your guide to see the towering figure at the center of the eponymous park. Four walkways lead to the spouting fountains that symbolize the north, south, east, and west. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris inspired the seven-story monument, garnished with traditional Laotian architectural elements in the form of the five decorative towers.
Lotus leaves and dragons embellish the exterior and lead to images of gods, goddesses, and elephants along the walls and ceilings of the interior. In the evening, you will make your way to the banks of the Mekong to stroll along the promenade and bustling Night Market. Red-roofed stalls line the walkway amongst the eager visitors, joggers, and locals walk the paths and enjoy the cool breeze. The aroma of banana pancakes sweeps through the air amongst the happy laughter of patrons wandering amongst the active market.