Travel guide to Vientiane

Facts

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Local name
Vientiane
Inhabitants
555.100 (1997)
Timezone
When it is 12.00 in Denmark (summer time), it is 17.00 in Vientiane. When it is 12.00 in Denmark (wintertime), it is 18.00 in Vientiane.

Best time to visit

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The best time to go to Vientiane is from November to February, when it rarely rains and when the air is cooler than in the hot summer.

Culture and entertainment

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In November, there is a week long festival in Vientiane. It is called the That Luang Festival, and you can experience lots of music, fire works and torchlight processions. In the middle of April it is the New Year of Lao and the whole country celebrates. In May it is the Bun Bang Fai, where there is also lots of music and dancing. They will send bamboo rockets to the sky to pray for rain.

Accommodation / Hotel

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There are quite a few good and comfortable hotels and guesthouses in Vientiane. There are also cheap hostels in the city. It is generally more expensive to stay in Vientiane than in other parts of the country. Book your hotel in Vientiane here

Local transport

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Taxi

Most taxies in Vientiane drive on a special route. It is often possible to rent a taxi for a day, though.
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