Near the border with Thailand, on the banks of the Mekong River lies Vientiane, capital city of Laos. With about 850,000 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest capitals in Southeast Asia, even though it is willing to evolve since the last few years. Its name means “city of sandalwood.” Vientiane is a quiet city, offering a laid-back ambiance and a style that recalls its colonial past. Indeed, the architecture features large avenues, a riverfront walk and villas comprising sumptuous gardens, that all are remnants of the French colonization. At a period of modernity such as ours, Vientiane is becoming more and more agitated, and new technologies are to be seen in the same setting as the local traditions, a very interesting show that will tend to disappear.