Vientiane is the capital and largest city in Laos. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, the city is home to the massive gilded stupa, Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Laos. The streets are lined with trees, French colonial buildings, street markets, Buddhist temples and noodle shops. Just outside the city is Buddha Park, a garden filled with over 200 cement sculptures depicting the gods and monsters of Buddhist and Hindu myths.