48 Hours in Vientiane, Laos

Laos, Vientiane Guide (B): 48 Hours in Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane is the capital, largest city, and economic centre of Laos. Even though it was made capital in 1563 to protect the people from a potential Burmese invasion, today, there is not much left of ancient buildings and artefacts as it got looted and burnt to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese.

Between 1899 and WWII, Vientiane was the administrative capital during the French protectorate. The French renovated or rebuilt some Buddhist temples, and left colonial architecture and a café and baguette culture. Vientiane is probably the best place in Laos to savour delicious meals by some top French chefs mixing Asian and French influences.

So if you don’t feel like running along the Mekong shore to start the day, head to a French café, having some of the best croissants in the country, and then explore the city.

Many Thai boxing champions are from Laos and Muay Thai is definitely an art here. One of the best Muay Thai schools in the world is located in Vientiane, in the front yard of a house. Muay Thai is a family tradition here, and if you feel like following a training session or just watching locals or champions train, Kuanjai Sikhot Boxing Gym is the place to go! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 48 Hours in Vientiane, Laos
Guide Location: Laos » Vientiane
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Houey Hong Vocational Centre for Women MAG Visitor’s center Patuxai Wat That Luang Tai Mekong shore boardwalk Ho Phra Keo Wat Si Meuang COPE Visitor’s center Buddha park Ban Anou night market
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
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