Wat That Luang (That Luang Stupa): The original stupa, which is covered in 500kg of gold leaf, was built in 1566 by King Saysethathirath. It was built to resemble a lotus bud of about 9 meters high and 10 meters wide, surrounding a small, elongated stupa. The stupa has undergone several reconstructions, the last as recently as the 1930s, due to foreign invasions of the area.
A visit to Laos is never complete without sampling one of the authentic culinary dishes that this country has to offer. Some of the unique local dishes were suggest you try as part of your authentic experience of Lao life and culture are: papaya Ssalad (tam maak hoong); grilled chicken (ping kai); laab (vegetables and minced meat or fish flavoured with fermented fish paste); and sticky rice.
A visit to Vientiane is never complete without a stroll along the famous Night Market. Located along the banks of the Mekong River, hundreds of brightly lit stalls offer visitors the opportunity to discover a wide range of contemporary and traditional products including handmade silks and handcraft, handcrafted hill-tribe souvenirs and hand-carved silver jewelery, as well as fashion and food.
Getting around the city of Vientiane is easy and fun in a tuk tuk. Make sure to always agree on a price prior to boarding. You can also rent bicycles for just a few dollars a day. Bike around the town and enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies during the day, then make your way back to the Mekong River in the evening, where there are many shops and restaurants and you can relax along the river.