The jewel of Laos. Many a traveller falls in love with this laid-back riverside town and wish they’d stayed longer.
What was once the royal capital of Laos until 1975, the tranquil riverside town is the favourite spot to take time out and relax. Being 300 metres above sea level it’s cooler and hence was a French retreat when Laos was part of French Indochina. The French left behind some beautifully designed houses and mansions that have been restored into boutique hotels. Saffron clad Buddhist monks, a vibrant night market and fancy restaurants add to the unique appeal of this resort town. Beyond the town are waterfalls and rivers to explore, mountains to trek or cycle.
There’s an international airport so getting in and out is easy.