Vientiane Capital is the home to the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang (Great Stupa), which is the symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Of the many beautiful Wats in Vientiane, a visit to Wat Sisaket is a must; the city’s oldest temple, and Wat Simuang, which is the most popular temple with worshippers. Another top attraction is That Luang, Laos’s most important religious building, best viewed at sundown when its golden surface glows like a lamp. Aside from temples and stupas, the museum of Lao art, housed in the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew and the socialist-era Lao National Museum are also worth a visit. Wat Xieng Khouan, better known as the Buddha Park should not be missed: take a tuk-tuk to this unique park that includes Buddhist and Hindu.
Climate: Vientiane has a tropical climate consisting of a dry season (October to late April) and a wet season (May to late September).
Best time to visit: November to March is dry and slightly cooler, with the heat rising from March to May and tropical downpours from May to September.
Getting here: Vientiane's Wattay International Airport is about six kilometers west of the city center. The airport is served by only a small group of airlines, which includes China Eastern, EVA, Lao Aviation, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
November to January is the best time to visit lowland Laos, when daytime temperatures are agreeably warm, evenings are slightly chilly and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. However, at higher elevations temperatures are significantly cooler, sometimes dropping to freezing point. In February, temperatures begin to climb, reaching a peak in April, when the lowlands are baking hot and humid.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
The easiest and quickest way to get into Laos is to fly. There are three main international airports in Laos, with Vientiane being the main gateway into the country. The three international airports including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang and Pakse International Airline in Pakse and another international airport near Savannakhet called savannakhet Airport which serves only one international airline to Suvarnabhumu in Thailand.
Airlines flying to & from Laos including Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air Asia recently.
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