Quai Fa Ngum: A Peaceful Yet Lively Sunset Spot
When the sunset comes, many of us will try to find the find the best spot to marvel at the wonderful warm colors that nature offers us.
If you happen to be in Vientiane, the Quai Fa Ngum is definitely the place to be! In the evening, the road running along the Mekong gets closed to cars, so people can enjoy a nice walk.
The Quai Fa Ngum is named after the 14th-century Lao king, reigning over the Lan Xang Kingdom, famously known as the Land of a Million Elephants.
On the rather small promenade, people are strolling, groups are doing some tai-chi, while others sit on the stairs to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong. It’s a peaceful but lively atmosphere.
Nearby, the night market is being installed, like every evening. It runs along the whole avenue and the Chao Anouvong Park. It may be a little touristy and many stalls sell the same things, but it’s still nice to see it once, and the atmosphere is pleasant. And who knows, you might get tempted to buy your next souvenir! From clothes to painting to smartphone cases, there are many things to be found in this market.
It won’t be the supreme highlight of your trip in Laos but after all, a colorful sunset over the Mekong River is for sure a decent way to end your day in Vientiane!
Address: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane 0100, Laos
GPS (sunset spot): 17°57’49.57″N, 102°36’4.35″E
How to go: Walking or tuk tuk
Best season: November to March