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Joma remains a crowd pleaser, heaven sent for backpackers who have had one too many noodle soups or fried rice. The North American-style cafe offers a broad variety of cooked breakfasts, homemade soups, bagels, create-your-own sandwiches, pizza, lasagne and salads. It’s fast food but it’s fresh food.
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Common Grounds is one of the most child-friendly places to eat in Vientiane. The shaded outdoor play area gives the kids plenty to do while parents take a break with some refreshment. With the play area at the back, the noise is not disruptive for patrons at the front, and for those seeking further respite, the upstairs room is quiet. For some fresh air, the patio out front has tables and chairs. With free WiFi as well, this joint ticks lots of boxes and attracts a range of customers.
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Great coffee and croissants are never far away in Vientiane, with more than a dozen cafes all vying for business in the few blocks that front the river near Wat Ong Theu. One of the best spots for people-watching is Cafe Sinouk, which serves its own brand of coffee grown on their plantations in the Bolaven Plateau, southern Laos.
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Sprawling yet little-visited Phou Khao Khouay National Park is located only 40 kilometres northeast of Vientiane, accessible via Route 13 headed to Tha Khaek. The park, which means “Buffalo Horn Mountain”, features some beautiful scenery and a vast array of biodiversity ranging from dense jungle to cool, misty pine forests, rivers and waterfalls, including noteworthy Tad Leuk and Tad Xay – both can be visited in a single daytrip.
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Look at photos of Vientiane’s Mekong riverside from only a few decades ago and you may be surprised to see that it was a wildly leafy tree-lined dirt road, home to little more than rustic shacks, outdoor patios and simple eateries. The river was higher back then, as the Chinese had yet to start their many damming projects upstream, and during wet season the businesses along Fa Ngum would flood.
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Spas and massage shops are in plentiful supply in Vientiane, offering something for every budget. But for something more memorable, take the three kilometre trip out of the centre to Wat Sok Pa Luang, and down a path to the side of the temple you will find a rickety old jungle house offering Laos massage and traditional herbal spa; a hand-painted sign points the way.
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You can tell that a lot of investment was initially put into the place. It has an open-air restaurant perched on the banks with a marvellous wide view of the Nam Ngum, solid wood tables, fine dinnerware and cutlery, a nicely constructed bar. We don’t know when, what happened or why but it has gone downhill and now it is lacklustre and very tired. Pathways are overgrown, fences downed. It feels like there was a nuclear scare and the place had been abandoned quickly.
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In this full-day trip, you will ride an elephant through the jungle. Firstly take a turn feeding these majestic giants as you learn about their behavior from a local Mahout, then hop on for a 1.5-hour elephant ride through a teak forest, trekking over hills to the protected Huay Sae Valley, where you’ll have lunch with wine, hike alongside a mountain stream and take a bamboo raft on the Nam Khan River.
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Vientiane is the city located in the banks of the Mekong River. With peaceful and beautiful villages along the river, it will be a great idea to cycle and explore the city in your own way with a Mekong trip
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If you travel to Vientiane with budget, you can book hostel in Vientiane to stay. You can refer some best hostels such as Backpackers Garden Hostel, Dream Home Hostel 2
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