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.
On Th Photisarat heading out of town to the southwest. Go early.
Royal Palace Museum
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
A governor’s mansion turned prison turned elegant hotel. Rooms from $225.
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.
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.