Vi­en­tiane

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Vi­en­ti­enne re­mains the gate­way into Laos for many trav­ellers. It’s one of qui­etest cap­i­tals in the uni­verse, and ev­ery­thing is within a few blocks of the river. She’s a bit like Madge, the brides­maid, whose charms are there, if not al­ways ap­par­ent... Ac­com­mo­da­tion and Spa. Set­tha Palace / Pang Kham St. / 021 217 581 / set­tha­palace.com / has In­do­chine rooms with four-poster beds and hard­wood floors. Drink n’ dine at La Belle Epoque. An­sara Ho­tel / Ban Vat Chan Tha / 021 213 514 / ansara­ho­tel.com / has just 14 un­der­stat­edly stylish rooms. Green Park Bou­tique Ho­tel / Khou­vieng Rd. / 021 264 097 / green­parkvi­en­tiane.com / is mod­ern, sleek Laos, with bal­conied rooms and Champa Lao Spa. Other spas in­clude LV City Mas­sage & Spa / Ban Nong­douang Tai / 030 525 6699 / lvc­ity­laos. com / for top to toe pam­per­ing; Oa­sis / François Ngin Rd. / 021 243 579 / is good for fa­cials; and Dha­rani / François Ngin Rd. / 021 252 761 / for scalp mas­sages, mani/pedi or wax­ing. Restau­rants and Bars. French cui­sine still rules the ta­ble. Le Si­lapa / Si­hom Rd. / 021 219 689 / is a French­pats’ fave; L’opera / Nam Phou Pl / 021 215 099 / has Ital­ian home-cook­ing; Aria Mixai / François Ngin Rd. / 021 222 589 / ariaorg.com / makes tasty piz­zas; Le Vendôme / In­peng St. / 021 216 402 / serves Med dishes, plus de­light­ful gar­den ter­race; Benoni / Set­thathi­lat Rd. above Phim­phone Mar­ket / 021 213 334 / has del­ish Euro-asian eats. Le Ban­neton Café / 568 Nokeo Koumane Rd. / 021 217 321 / is a French bread and java stop; while Pi­men­tón / Nokeo Koumane Rd. / 021 215 506 / sears im­ported An­gus beef steaks. For Lao bites, Am­phone / Set­thathi­lat Rd. / 021 212 489 / has an airy wooden pa­tio; or Kualao / Sam­sen­thai Rd. / 021 215 777 / kualao.laopdr.com / in a colo­nial house is Lao made for Western palates. L’ad­dresse de Ti­nay / be­hind Vat Ong­teu / 020 5691 3434 / lad­dressedeti­nay / has great fine din­ing set menus; and Kong View / 183 Souphanou­vong Rd. / 021 520 522 / kongview. com / just out­side of town, serves Lao and Thai food on the Mekong River, to the strains of live mu­sic nightly.

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