VIENTIANE CAPITAL OVERVIEW
Located: on a curve of the Mekong River (Central Provinces)
Total area: 3,920 square kilometers
09 Districts: Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Xaysettha, Sisattanak, Naxaithong, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Sangthong & Pak Ngum
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. Vientiane Capital is the home to the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang (Great Stupa), which is the symbol of Lao sovereignty and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Of the many beautiful Wats in Vientiane, a visit to Wat Sisaket is a must; built in 1818, this is one of the.....
VIENTIANE CAPITAL HISTORY
Vientiane, the capital, economic centre, and largest city of Laos, is situated on the Mekong River near the Nong Khai border to Thailand. With a population of around 800,000. Vientiane has been the nation’s capital since 1563, after fears of a Burmese invasion in the north. Vientiane has a very laidback and friendly atmosphere, in stark contrast to the chaotic, bustling capitals of countries elsewhere in Southeast Asia, more akin to a large town than a major city. With lots of French influences from colonial days gone by. Vientiane is best enjoyed by the riverside, taking in the.....