Vientiane Images Gallery

Monks in saffron robes and flip-flops stroll through the streets at dawn collecting alms. Children play marbles and hopscotch on the sidewalk of the city's main drag, as a chicken pecks at the roadside by a basket of mangoes. Welcome to Vientiane - Asia's quietest capital. The Mekong River slowly meanders past the city, setting the pace for the town. Laotians move along at a similar tempo and visitors are soon lulled into the city's rhythm, a rare treat for those who crave a slower, friendlier, gentler way of life. Hustle and bustle are not the Laotian way - you will find none of the buzz of other cities here - and there lies Vientiane's charm.