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Vientiane Attractions

What to See in Vientiane

For many, Laos is the highlight of their Southeast Asia trip as it has been saved from the mass tourist trail that has led to her neighbours –Thailand and Vietnam. This relatively undeveloped nation is located between rugged mountains and the fertile low lands of the Mekong, and is touched by both European and Asian cultures. The city’s man-made structures are as distinctive as the areas of natural splendor.

Modernity has yet to infiltrate this sleepy capital, where temples and religious affiliations blend with the rural foundations of the city. The majority of the city's sights are situated within relatively close proximity of each another due to the fact that an urban sprawl has yet to materialize within the city.  

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Most Popular Attractions in Vientiane

Top 10 Attractions in Vientiane

Top 10 Attractions in Vientiane

Vientiane is known for its laid back atmosphere and its abundance of attractions reflects this. Age old Buddhist temples Read More...

Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE)

Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE)

Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, or COPE, is a local non-profit organization that provides clinical Read More...

Lao National Museum

Lao National Museum

A visit to the Lao National Museum, also known as the Lao National History Museum, is an excellent way to learn about Read More...

Patuxai Victory Monument

Patuxai Victory Monument

With its crenellated upper level topped with five ornate towers in the traditional Laos style, the Patuxai Victory Read More...

That Dam (Black Stupa)

That Dam (Black Stupa)

That Dam, or black stupa, is located on a quiet roundabout not far from the morning market and the American Embassy. Read More...

The Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace

The building of the elegant Presidential Palace on Lane Xang Street was first started in 1973 by the then Royal Lao Read More...

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That Luang - Vientiane Great Stupa

That Luang

That Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol and also the most sacred monument in the country. From Read More...

Wat Ho Phra Keo

Wat Ho Phra Keo

Vientiane boasts several beautiful temples or wats, but one of the most impressive and interesting of them is Wat Ho Read More...

Wat Si Muang

Wat Si Muang

Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist Read More...

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

Wat Si Saket located in Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with Read More...

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

Buddha Park is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Read More...

Other Attractions in Vientiane

Ban Hom

Just 16 kilometers outside of Vientiane situated on the banks of the Mekong is the agricultural city of Ban Hom. A day trip might involve taking a wander around the preserved temples before visiting a primary school or watching a weaving demonstration, where the process of fabric making is laid bare. This day is really about getting to grips with authentic Laos culture, with everything from school presentations to observing traditional farming and fishing methods on the itinerary.

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Laos National Cultural Hall

Built by the Chinese in the 1990’s, as a gift to the Laos people, the building is not the most attractive Vientiane has known. Occasionally French cinema and Lao classical dance events are held here within the hall, although it is difficult to access information to find out exactly when. Those interested should keep an eye on the Vientiane Times.

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Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image.

The best spot for photography here is on top of the giant pumpkin structure standing about three stories high. The entrance is crafted to look like a demon’s mouth (about three metres Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: About 25 kilometres southeast of Vientiane, along the Mekong River
  • How to get there: The Buddha Park can be reached by public bus or tuk tuk
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Patuxai Victory Monument in Vientiane

With its crenellated upper level topped with five ornate towers in the traditional Laos style, the Patuxai Victory Monument cuts a distinctive figure on the Vientiane skyline. It forms the centrepiece of Patuxai Park, and is dedicated to the Laos who were killed in the fight to gain independence from France, as well as from the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 08:00 to 16:30 on Mondays to Fridays, and 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Location: Patuxai is situated at the far end of Thanon Lane Xang in the government and diplomatic district. The monument sits on the large ‘island’ formed where the avenue splits into two, opposite the Ministry of Justice to the south and the Prime Minister’s office to the north.
  • How to get there: Vientiane is such a small city that it is easy to get around on foot, by bicycle, or by tuk-tuk. To get to Patuxai, head north-east from the Presidential Palace near the river and follow Thanon Lane Xang for five blocks until you see the imposing sight of the Patuxai arch.
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