Vientiane has it all, laid back folks, cheap eats and a stunning sunset. Glorious.
Too many travellers write Vientiane off as boring and leave it as soon as they can, often after just a few hours. Admittedly it doesn't have the beauty of Vang Vieng or charm of Luang Prabang but if you scratch beneath the surface you'll find its an interesting place. Visit Wat Sisaket and That Luang, wander the markets at sunset along the waterfront, and try some local delicacies at the night markets along Khouvieng Road.
"quied" nice capitol, friendly people, nice restaurants along the river, not very much to see but good athmosphere
Vientiane is such a relaxed place. I arrived on Thursday a little bit after noon and the city seemed so dormant, it was hard to believe it was a workday. As the night fell near the river the city starts to come alive with the night market, the locals exercising by the river, the street bbqs, it is just suddenly full of smells, sounds and vibrant colors. Laos is really inexpensive and the food is delicious as it is all over SE Asia. If you spend a few days in Vientiane you won't be disappointed.