Welcome to the capital of one of my favourite countries - LAOS.
Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the laid-back capital, is the site of That Luang, reportedly housing the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a shopping complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.
Population: 6.7 million
VIENTIANE CAPITAL OVERVIEW
Located: on a curve of the Mekong River (Central Provinces)
Total area: 3,920 square kilometres
Capital of the province: Vientiane
Located on a curve of the Mekong River, Vientiane Capital has a recorded history that stretches back to around 1,000 AD. The area was originally settled because of the fertility of the surrounding alluvial plains, and Vientiane became the capital city of Laos around the mid-16th century.
Now, check out some photographs of this amazing place.
Clancy's comment: Yes, one of my favourite places. Great food, top people and extraordinary scenery.