Travel

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

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

Royal Palace Museum

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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

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011-856-71-260-777

www.hoteldelapaixlp.com

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

3 Nagas

Ban Vatnong, Th Sakkaline

011-856-71-253-888

www.3-nagas.com

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

Where to eat

Tamarind

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Ban Wat Nong

011-856-20-7777-0484

www.tamarindlaos.com

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

011-856-71-252-482

www.elephant-restau.com

and

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.