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Vientiane Attractions

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. 

  • Nestled beside the Nam Song (Song River) amid stunningly beautiful limestone karst terrain, Vang Vieng provokes a mix of responses. In the last edition we...
  • This former rayal temple (Thanon Setthathilat; admission US$0.12; open 8 am- noon  & 1pm-4pm daily, closed public holidays), about 100m south-cast...
  • Famous for its herbal saunas, which are usually administered by lay people who reside at the temple, this wat paa or forest temple (War Mahaphutthawongsa Pa...
  • Often called 'Buddha Park' (Suan Phutt. admission US$O.16, plus US$0.16 for parking; open 8am-4.30pm),this collection of Buddhist (and Hindu)...
  • 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...
  • This temple (Wat Sisaketsata Sahatsaham; Con Thanon Lan Xang & Thanon Setthathilat; admission US$0.12; open 8am-noon & 1pm-4pm daily, closed public...
  • This temple (Temple of the Heavy Buddha; Thanon Setthathilat) is one of the most important in Laos. Ii was originally built in the mid- 16th century by king...
  • Opposite Wat Ong Teu is the less acclaimed Wat Hai Sok (Thanon Setthathilat), which was, restored a few years ago. It's worth a quick look because of the...
  • A visit to the Lao National Museum, also known as the Lao National History Museum, is an excellent way to learn about the history, culture and people of Laos...
  • Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, or COPE, is a local non-profit organization that provides clinical treatment and rehabilitation programmes...
  • That Dam, or black stupa, is located on a quiet roundabout not far from Talat Sao (the morning market) and the American Embassy. That in Laotian refers to an...
  • That Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol (its image is on Laos’ official seal) and also the most sacred monument in the...
  • The building of the elegant Presidential Palace on Lane Xang Street was first started in 1973 by the then Royal Lao government on the grounds that used to...
  • Vientiane boasts several beautiful temples or wats, but one of the most impressive and interesting of them is Wat Ho Phra Keo. It was originally constructed...
  • Wat Mixai, or the Temple of Victory, was built during the reign of King Sai Setthathirat (1550-1571) to celebrate the victory over the Burmese troops during...
  • Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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