After a deliciously calm and soothing spell in Luang Prabang (see reviews Part I and Part II), we made our way south to the sleepy capital of Laos, Vientiane. The road between the two is still in very poor condition, and whether by private car or bus, it is a long, uncomfortably bumpy 12 hour journey which many break with a stay in Vang Vieng. As there is now a low-cost direct flight option from Luang Prabang to Vientiane (with Laos Central Airlines), we decided to take a very civilised 30 minute flight for only £41 each.
The hotel is only 100 metres from the Mekong river, and a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Rue Setthathilath, in a quiet location opposite the Buddhist temple, Wat Inpeng.
Pha That Luang
It is around 2km east of the centre of town, but is easily reached by cycle or tuk tuk, and the inner courtyard has many Buddha statues. Entry costs 40p.
The French restored Wat Si Saket in 1924 and again in 1930. Wat Si Saket features a cloister wall with more than 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images.
Visit the Black Stupa (That Dam)
P.O. Box 2338
Khun Bu Lom Road
Ban Vat Chan
Behind Wat Ong Teu parallel to Sethathirat Road