Essentials in Vientiane

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Essentials

Air Contacts

Lao Airlines (021/212050 up to 54 for international flights; 021/212057; 021/212058 for domestic flights. www.laoairlines.com.)

Thai Airways International (021/222527 up to 29 in Vientiane. www.thaiair.com.)

Banks

Bank of Lao PDR. Bank of Lao PDR has Western Union transfer services. Nam Phou Square, Vientiane. 021/213300–01. www.bol.gov.la.

Banque Pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL) (Pang Kham Rd., 1 block south of Nam Phu Square, Vientiane. 021/213200. www.bcellaos.com.)

Car-Rental Agency

Eurocar (Setthatirat Rd (at Wat Mixay), Ban Mixay, Vientiane. 021/217493 or 021/223867. . www.europcarlaos.com.)

Emergencies

Mahosot Hospital International Clinic (Fa Ngum Quay, Vientiane. 021/214018.)

Wattana Hospital in Nong Khai (1159/4 Moo 2, Prajak Rd., Nongkhai, Vientiane. 042/465201-8. admin@wattanahospital.net.)

Wattana Hospital in Udon Thani (70/7-8 Suppakitjunya Rd., Vientiane. 042/325999. www.wattanahospital.net.)

U.S. Embassy (Rue Bartholoni, Vientiane. 021/267000 or 021/212581.)

Visitor and Tour Information

Diethelm Travel (Setthathirat Rd. at Nam Phu Fountain Sq., Vientiane. 021/215920 or 021/215129. www.diethelmtravel.com.)

Green Discovery Laos (54 Setthathirat Rd., Nam Phou, Vientiane. 021/223022 or 021/218373. www.greendiscoverylaos.com.)

Lao Youth Travel (039 Fa Ngum Quay, Ban Mixay, Vientiane. 021/240939. www.laoyouthtravel.com.)

The Rise of the Moon City

Originally named Chanthaburi (City of the Moon), Vientiane was founded in the 16th century by King Setthathirat near a wide bend of the Mekong River, on the grounds of a Khmer fortress dating to the 9th to 13th centuries. In 1828 the Siamese army from Bangkok razed the city. But the old part of Vientiane is still an attractive settlement, where ancient temples that survived the Siamese attack, museums, and parks are all just a short distance from one another.

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