You surely pass by everyday, but you don’t really stop. This is the case for me. While I used to have some drinks after work when I freshly arrived, I have to admit the riverbank was not the spot I used to go lately. But driving by pretty often these days made me want to explore it again.
Oh ! And of course, the sunsets are amazing from there !
From the 4 seasons hotel, you can enjoy some seafood barbecue or sin joom (the Laotian fondue), with view on the Mekong (agree that it is more beautiful once the rainy season has started). Nice and popular within families and Lao youth.
At the same level, the famous Thai chain Tummour gives you the choice of a classic Thai Papaya salad, and for the culinary explorers, the spicy fruit salad is for you ! The old style fish is good too.
In the same area, the Naga Boat by Paris Cocktail serves cocktails from 5PM to late in the evening. Being on the boat makes you feel you are really navigate… But be careful if you’re getting drunk, there are a lot of stairs to climb before to reach the road.
Now, the inescapable Spirit House. In this “small” and charming house made of wood, take a seat on the terrace with… More cocktails ! But also their food, that I love: arancini, fried spring rolls or the pastas. I can bet you’ll like the food.
Few meters further, Laodi the local rum distillery, has now its own bar. The team welcomes you in an original venue, as the bar is made in a container. Two floors to enjoy cocktails.
Packpasack junction. Here is one of the famous beer shop of Vientiane. Full almost everyday, I like to have steamed lemon Tilapia, listening to some live band.
This is where the Night Market starts. Souvenirs, sinh, painting, flip flop and all the gadgets you might want to pimp your phone with. Yes !
Food stalls are also part of the market: meat balls, noodle soup, kalapao, get your dinner or a snack on the go !
Opposite this, around 6PM, aerobic classes are held everyday. This is the place where women from all ages gather and have fun together.
I was impressed by how the Mekong Riverside is continuously in expansion. Next to the Chao Anouvong statue, you can have some grilled egg and barbecue skewers, or buy some greens for home.
And right after the Chao Anouvong Park, the Walking Street. Small alleys full of delicious food, bars and vintage and fashion clothes. An area much appreciated by the young Laotians to hang out
And you, which part is your favourite ?