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Vientiane at a Glance

Vientiane is the Laotian capital filled with important religious buildings, a few museums and an exciting food scene that will make you wish you had two stomachs. 

Much of Vientiane can be enjoyed by taking leisurely walks through the city's neighborhoods. Stately and sometimes shabby French mansions date back to the colonial era. Flowers scramble all over their lawns and sometimes drape over fences into the street. Bustling markets run day and night. Find fish, rice, fruits, vegetables, spices, coffee, tea and textiles in overflowing market stalls. Elsewhere, walk through more residential areas and stop at a noodle cart for some brothy noodles on the go.  

Vientiane is also exciting for its restaurant scene. Enjoy Laotian beer and a spicy meal, or settle your stomach with plain rice, fresh fish and a few herbs. Laos's French restaurants are extensive and their influences are left over from Laos's days as a colony. 

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December - February, August
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March - July, September - November
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      • Major Airport Wattay International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers need a visa to enter Laos and can acquire one in the country if they enter through certain customs areas. To obtain a visa you need two passport-style photos of yourself, a valid passport with at least six months and one page remaining to be stamped. Tourists can learn more about the process on the website of the Laotian Embassy to their country. American citizens can use the  U.S State Department's website as an additional reference. 

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      Severe Weather Monsoon rains last from June to November in Laos this wet time of year may make travel more difficult in certain areas. 

      Safety Concerns Laos is a fairly safe place to travel. Keep valuables out of sight and use normal precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. 

      Health Concerns:  Speak with your doctor before traveling to Laos to get updates of vaccines or other health precautions you should take. Bring a water filter along with you and use it to purify your drinking water, brush your teeth and wash your food.