Surprisingly idyllic despite being a capital city, Vientiane exudes a certain rustic charm coupled with an ever-growing cosmopolitan aesthetic. Getting around the city is a breeze, giving you more chance to explore sights such as Wat Si Saket, That Dam, Buddha Park, Wat Si Muang and many more. Two important icons - the gilded stupa Pha Tat Luang and freedom monument Patuxai – represent the pride of a young nation, and are must-visits. From Vientiane you can continue to Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage city, for a spiritual retreat. Don't forget to drop by Ban Anou Night Market to sample local delicacies such as Laap, Khai Phen, Kaeng Nor Mai and Ping Ped. Whether you are looking to do a bit of sightseeing, splurge on shopping or learn about Laotian history and culture, your heart will definitely be captivated by Vientiane.