Things to do in Laos
One of the city’s oldest temples, dating back to 1729, with a dramatic three-tiered roof.
Temple dating back to the 16th century, set in a garden on the bank of the Mekong River. Located at the end of Souvannakhamphong Rd.
A wonderful textile boutique; owners Joanna Smith and Veomanee Duangdala will ship purchases to the U.S. Pick up the handwoven, natural-dyed textiles—especially the exquisite jewel-toned silks.
Owner Sandra Yuck sells high-quality silk brocades and Western-inspired tableware made from Laotian woods.
Work by the area’s most notable silversmith, Phothisack Rattanakone, can be found here.
High above the water, along steep steps cut into the pocked limestone cliffs, there are caves in which for centuries the faithful have placed Buddha statues of all sorts and sizes.
The palace itself is a cruciform building that was constructed in 1904 for a francophone king who fathered 50 children and that is perhaps most famous for containing the gold Khmer Buddha that lends the city its name.