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Vientiane



Vientiane

Elevation:174 m
Area:3,920 km²

Vientiane

The Lao capital of Vientiane sits on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing across to the even sleepier Thai town of Sri Chiang Mai. Vientiane is a delightfully friendly city studded with crumbling French mansions, bougainvillea­-blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls, is somewhere between a big town and a diminutive city.

Its conveniently compact travelers’ enclave is based around Nam Phu, the Mekong riverside and Setthariat and Samsenthai streets.

Full of things to see, from Buddha Park to the Morning market and an impossibly rich selection of international cuisine – most pointedly French – visitors will find themselves slowly won over by the easy charms of this evolving backwater.

For many visitors, Vientiane provides the first taste of Lao food, culture and hospitality, and it does not disappoint on any count. Vientiane is probably one of the smallest capital cities in the world, so getting around is quick and easy.

Main Attractions in Vientiane

Pha That Luang Great Sacred Stupa

The Great Stupa the national symbol of Laos, most important Buddhist monument, 44 meters gold-covered large stupa, built by the Emperor Setthathirat in the 16th century … 

Address: Nongbone Road, Vientiane, Laos

Haw Phra Kaew Temple Emerald Buddha Hall

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Vientiane is considered one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest temples of the capital of Laos … 

Address:
Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai Victory Monument, Gate of Triumph

The Arch or Gate of Triumph, Victory Gate of Vientiane, a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, located at the end of Lan Xang Avenue … 

Address:
Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Si Saket Buddhist Temple

The oldest and most important temple in Vientiane, with an collection of 2000 Buddha statues it is a popular attraction in the capital of Laos …
Address: Ave Lane Xang and Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos

That Dam (Black Stupa)

Vientiane’s historical landmarks one of the few ancient stupas contains relics of Buddha, located in the heart of Vientiane not far from the morning market Talat Sao …
Address: Rue Bartholonie and Rue Chanthakhoumane, Vientiane, Laos

Museums in Vientiane

Lao National History Museum

Houses enough relics of Lao histor, culture, paleontology, archaeology and ethnology, the most important museums in the country … 
Address: Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos

Lao Peoples Army History Museum

Established in 1976 located on Kaysone Phomvihane Road near the Ministry of Defense, most important museums … 
Address: Avenue Kaysone Phomvihane, Vientiane, Laos

People’s Public Security Museum (Police Museum)

Located in Rue Nongbone close to Lao People’s Army History Museum … 
Address: Rue Nongbone, Vientiane, Laos

 

Bibliotheque Nationale or National Library

Located in Rue Setthathilath in an old building a short walk from Sisaket Temple, it was established in 1956 …
Address: Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos

Pagodas and Temples in Vientiane

Wat Inpeng Pagoda

a historical landmark of art and culture

Art and culture of Vientiane, Wat Inpeng Temple and Inpeng Pagoda it is a historical landmark …
Address: Rue Setthathilath, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan

Temple of the Heavy Buddha

Also known as Temple of the Heavy Buddha was built in the early 16th century, along Setthatirat Rd … 
Address: Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane, Laos

Wat Haysoke Temple

Located in the heart of the city, a Buddhist temple in Setthathirat Road …
Address: Hom 2, Vientiane, Laos

The Fude Miao Chinese Temple

Located in Chao Anouvong Park in Quai Fa Ngum street, a chinese style small temple …
Address: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane, Laos

Markets & Parks in Vientiane

Night Market Along Mekong Riverfront

The open-air night market in Vientiane begins around sunset, every evening along the banks of Mekong River …
Address: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane, Laos

Patuxay Park

Patuxai is a great landmark in Vientiane, a small park surrounding this monument with a fountain, called also Victory Gate …
Address: Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos

Talat Sao Morning Market

Located on Lane Xang Avenue it’s an air-conditioned shopping mall … 
Address: Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos

Chao Anouvong Park

The main riverfront park of the city, with night market, a place for relax and see the view of the river of Mekong …
Address: Chao Anouvong Park, Vientiane, Laos

More attractions in Vientiane

Chao Anouvong Statue

In Chao Anouvong Park stands the majestic statue of King Anouvong (1767-1829), a beautiful park in the Mekong riverside … 
Address: Chao Anouvong Park, Vientiane, Laos

The Presidential Palace

It is the official residence of the President of Laos, located very close to Wat Sisaket on the end of Lane Xang Avenue …

Lao National Culture Hall

Located in Rue Nokeokoummane opposite the Lao National Museum, one of the newest buildings in Vientiane …
Address: Rue Nokeokoummane, Vientiane, Laos

Places Outside Vientiane to Visit Before You Leave

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan), Sculpture Park

A famous sculpture garden and park, formerly called Buddha Park Xieng Khuan, a few kilometers outside of Vientiane on the Mekong River … 
Address: Thanon Tha Deua, Vientiane, Laos