Vientiane feels more like a slightly large and modern village than a nation's capital. In spite of it's sizable (relatively speaking, here) population of two hundred some thousand inhabitants, the city retains that pleasant, poky vibe we've come to identify as iconically Laotian.
There is, thankfully, not much to do here in terms of sites and attractions. Or maybe we just no longer feel the need to see all the wats and silk weaving factories and sprawling, crowded, colorful markets. We are content to get work done, go for walks along the river, eat crumbly, buttery pastries from French bakeries, and scarf down spicy enchiladas from the Mexican restaurant down the street.