If you find yourself in Vientiane for more than a few days and you are looking for something to read or to replace your dog-eared and tattered Laos Lonely Planet guidebook, there are a couple of used bookstores, scattered throughout the city, but your best bet is Monument Books on Nokeo Koummane Road across the street from Carol Cassidy Lao Textiles.

It has the largest selection of books in Vientiane as well as postcards, magazines, and newspapers. I thought its selection of books on Laos was not too great, but the bookstore carries many books—both travel and history—on other Southeast Asian countries.