The Viharn at Wat Si Saket in Vientiane, Laos

Temples of Laos: Wat Si Saket in Vientiane


Sitting opposite the Presidential Palace on the corner of Avenue Lang Xang and Setthathirat Road is Vientiane’s oldest standing temple – Wat Si Saket. Although the nearby Haw Phra Keo is known as the oldest temple in the city by dating back to the 16th century, it has been destroyed several times. Built in 1818 by… Read More

Glowing horizon at sunset in Vientiane, Laos

Walking the Riverfront at Sunset in Vientiane, Laos

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Today’s travel photo is some locals walking along the Mekong Riverfront at sunset in Vientiane, Laos. The riverfront is a happening place at the end of the day in Vientiane. Locals come down to exercise along the great walking path along the river, while others join the very popular aerobics class further along. Closer to… Read More

Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos

Backpacker’s Travel Guide to Vientiane, Laos


Vientiane is a capital city that doesn’t really feel like a capital city, especially when you compare it to the metropolises of Laos’ neighbouring countries. Compared to cities like Bangkok, Hanoi or Phnom Penh, Vientiane is a sleepy little city, located right on the Mekong River. It is a city that is now forever changing… Read More

Beautiful sunset in Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane: Exploring the Capital of Laos Through Photos


It had been nearly two years since I first stepped foot into Vientiane, Laos. Although it may now be a little busier than I remember, this sleepy little capital city hasn’t really changed a lot. It’s quite a different place compared to the rest of Laos. Although small, Vientiane is certainly still a city, full… Read More

Buddha Statue at Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane, Laos

Buddha Statue at Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane, Laos


Today’s travel photo is of a Buddha statue at Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane, Laos. Also known as Wat Phra Kaew due to it once housing the prized Emerald Buddha, Ho Phra Keo is the oldest Buddhist temple in Vientiane, though it has been destroyed and rebuilt a couple of times. It was originally built… Read More

The Night Market in Vientiane, Laos

Night Market in Vientiane, Laos


Today’s travel photo is of the busy night market in Vientiane, Laos, just as it is getting going as the sun sets. The night market in Vientiane sets up along the river front each night from around sun set until late. When I first visited the city in 2011, this market was pretty small and… Read More

Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos | Travel Photo


Patuxai is an impressive war monument that sits in the center of Laos’ capital city, Vientiane. The word “Patuxai” translates to Victory Gate, and the French influence on Laos is quite apparent in it’s design, despite the typical Lao architecture. As I walked along Avenue Lang Xang from the Presidential Palace, I couldn’t help but… Read More

Photo of the week: Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane, Laos


This week’s travel photo is of Ho Phra Keo – a Buddhist temple in Vientiane, Laos that dates back to 1565. The temple has an interesting history, most famous for once housing the Emerald Buddha (now located in Wat Phra Kaew  at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand). Ho Phra Keo is now a museum… Read More