As the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, Vientiane is known for its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful architecture. The low traffic density makes for an ideal walking environment, perfect for exploring the city’s hidden treasures. Located along the bend of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the home of the Wat Ho Phakeo, a former royal temple, and Wat Sisaket, one of the country’s oldest temples. The city exudes an old world charm with a mix of Chinese shop houses and French colonial architecture. Beyond sightseeing, Vientiane offers excellent shopping and is famous for silver jewelry and hand-woven textiles at the Morning Market. End your evening by relaxing with a bottle of Lao-Lao at one of the many picturesque riverside bars.