capital of Laos is Asia's biggest village. Busy and hectic
in comparison to the rest of the country, it is quiet compared with
any other city in Asia. Vientiane, as all of Lao's major cities,
is situated on the Mekong river which forms the lifeline of the
country. Vientiane is the hub for all travel in the country.
The city has a population of 450,000, about 10% of the country.
is a city full of surprises. Here you can find fields of rice
and vegetables, agriculture hidden behind tree lined avenues.
French Colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples.
Freshly baked French bread is served next to shops selling noodle
is little modern in Vientiane. Old French colonial houses
are being restored as offices and as restaurants and hotels. There
are only a handful of modern buildings which sometimes look remarkably
out of place in this quiet capital.
Old French colonial
Bank on Lane Xane Avenue - a restored
colonial style house
Hotels in Vientiane - click
Top photo by NTAL
Other photos by Noah Shepherd