Vientiane is a great place to be for business travelers as it is the commercial hub of Laos and continues to retain the traditional aspects of the Lao culture allowing it to offer you numerous things to do after a long, hard day at work. So whether you are looking to explore the Lao culture, or just to relax and rejuvenate after a tiring workday, Grand Hotel Vientiane has the following recommendations for you to ensure you a productive, memorable, and even an exciting trip.
Try the Khao Niaw (sticky rice), the Laap (meat or fish salad) and the Tam Mak Hoong (spicy papaya salad). Restaurants like Kualao and Kong View offer the local cuisine with great views of the Mekong river and charming ambiance at reasonable prices.
Vientiane also provides travelers with authentic cuisines from over the world, so be adventurous and try as many as you can. Don’t miss the PDR – Pizza da Roby which boasts the best pizzas in town, or the mouthwatering Indian curries at Delhi Durbar. Be sure to also try the Cordon Bleu at the Sabai Café in the City Inn Vientiane.
Laos boasts as one of the world’s best coffee culture. The coffee in Laos is locally grown, and is quite amazing indeed. There are several cafés to choose from where you can get your daily caffeine fix, such as the Scandinavian Bakery Shop, Le Trio, Naked espresso, Joma Café. These are located right in a city center and offer free Wi-Fi as well. For pastries or fresh croissants, Le Banneton and Benoni Café are great choices.
The nightlife in Vientiane is very laid back and relaxed. Beer is available pretty much everywhere. The local rice wine affectionately known as Lao Lao packs quite a punch. Have a few cocktails and watch the sunset over the Mekong at Spirit House, Bor Pen Nyang, Highlander or Chok Dee. If you miss a bit of Irish action, visit O’Gradys’ and try their in-house specialty, Seamuson. If you don’t feel like going to the center, drop by to Vientiane Social Bar that is just few meter from our hotel.
If you’re looking to keep fit while you work and travel, you can check out the
Fitness Center and swimming pool at the National Stadium which is located in a center of Vientiane. Sengdara Fitness Center is also a good option if you’re looking for a gym with western style facilities and equipment and not too far from the Grand Hotel Vientiane. If you are a yoga enthusiast at our hotel we are having a free yoga sessions with Art Of Living Laos every Thursday between 6:00pm-7:00pm. You can also try a Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga session at the Vientiane Yoga Studio.
Rest and Relaxation
If you want some RnR after a tiring workday, Vientiane offers several massage parlors and spas that are not only reasonably priced but absolutely great. Be sure to get the Lao traditional massage at the Wat Sok Pa Luang, White Lotus Massage Center or the Wellness Massage Center. Don’t miss the famous Lao foot massage at Champa Spa or the peppermint body scrub at the Oasis spa.
Meditation plays a big role in the Lao culture, so if you are interested, there are sessions every Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning at the scenic Wat Sok Pa Luang. The Rivertime Resort and Ecolodge and the Ban Lao Pako Ecolodge are great places to visit as well, and offer some great views of the river and Lao countryside along with relaxing chill-spots.
If you are looking to buy the locally made Lao handicrafts and souvenirs such as the Lao silks or traditional carvings, be sure to visit the Night market, which stretches along the Mekong River, and offers such artifacts at reasonable prices, which opens every evening at 7pm and is a peasant stroll away from the hotel.
The Vientiane Center Lao is one of the biggest mall in Vientiane, where you can find branded and fancier things to buy. The Mall also houses the Major Platinum Cineplex, where you can catch the latest releases in international and local Cinema.
Culture & History
Vientiane offers its guests several other opportunities to explore and gain insight into the Lao culture. For those interested in the Buddhist thought and tradition can benefit from the temple experiences of the That Luang, where a sacred Stupa of the Buddha stands, or the Buddha Park which houses several beautiful statues of the Buddha. The Patuxai Victory monument offers a great view of the city along with history and culture. The COPE visiting center is an interesting place to visit, which tells the story of all the consequences of the Vietnam war that Laos has had to face and the UXO problem that Laos still faces years after the conflict.
It is easy to commute in Vientiane is not a big city and it’s relatively easy to get around. Any assistance regarding transportation, bookings and arrangement of sightseeing day trips can be taken from the help desk at City Inn Vientiane.