If you go

If you go . . .

What to do

Wat Xieng Thong

At the corner of Th Sisalernsak and Th Sakkarin

In a town full of monasteries, this one justifiably is the most visited; about $2.50.

Phousi Market

On Th Photisarat heading out of town to the southwest. Go early.

Royal Palace Museum

Th Sisavangvong

The main home of the late King Sisavang Vong and home to the tiny gold alloy Buddha the town is named after; about $4.

Where to stay

Hotel de la Paix

Unit 4, Ban Mano

Manomai Road



A governor’s mansion turned prison turned elegant hotel. Rooms from $225.


3 Nagas

Ban Vatnong, Th Sakkaline



Dark wood floors, exposed-beam ceilings, romantic balconies. Rooms from $125.

Where to eat


Ban Wat Nong



One of the best spots in town

to eat, ranging from deeply authentic to a slightly Westernized approach. Great for both first-

timers and return guests.

Entrees top out at about $6;

fantastic fish barbecue on Friday nights. Reserve.

Coconut Garden

Th Sisavangvong




L’Elephant Vert

Ban Vat Nong

Both run by the same Franco-Lao owners. L’Elephant Vert is the new vegetarian neighbor to the high-end L’Elephant and one of the few spots on earth where you won’t miss the meat. While Coconut Garden has a goofy name, the food is serious.

Dishes $5-$10, but the tasting menu is well worth the $15.

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