Vientiane Points of Interest and Places to Visit


Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

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Located about 25 kilometers southeast of Vientiane, the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park is a must-see stop for visitors to the country’s capital. The park contains more than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues ...  Read more

Mekong River

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The Mekong River, the 12th-longest river in the world at 2,700 miles (4,345 kilometers), is the main artery of Southeast Asia. Its flowing waters are the beating pulse for a region that includes the ...  Read more

COPE Visitor Centre

Formed in 1997 to support survivors of landmine explosions, the COPE Visitor Centre provides travelers with not only Laos' history with UXOs (unexploded ordnance, or explosive weapons), but an ...  Read more

Haw Phra Kaew

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This former temple, built in the mid-1500s, once housed the famous Emerald Buddha (before the Siamese reclaimed it). Today, Haw Phra Kaew is home to a small museum—the only portion of the royal ...  Read more

Lao Textiles

The richly colored textiles of Laos are as unique and diverse as the 49 official ethic tribes that make up this tiny land-locked country. Traditionally, fabrics and designs are woven, dyed and sewn ...  Read more

Morning Market (Talat Sao)

Two stories of restaurants, fruit stands, vegetable vendors and jewelers make up one of Vientiane’s most popular markets—Talat Sao. Traditional crafts, handspun silk and unique local instruments are ...  Read more

Patuxai (Victory Monument)

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Victory Monument, with its five intricate towers, is a fixture in the skyline of Vientiane, as well as the center of Patuxai Park. This regal destination pays homage to those killed in the fights ...  Read more

Pha That Luang

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Perhaps the most important monument in Laos, this 24-carat, 45-meter high golden stupa was built in the 3rd Century and is said to hold a piece of Buddha’s breastbone. Local guides wander the ...  Read more

Presidential Palace

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The Presidential Palace in Vientiane is the official residence of the President of Laos. The building is a grand French colonial Beaux-Arts style structure surrounded by landscaped gardens. It’s ...  Read more

Wat Si Muang

According to locals, Wat Si Muang houses the central pillar of the city where legend has it, a woman named Si once jumped to her death in an act of self-sacrifice. The temple is divided into two ...  Read more

Wat Sisaket

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Built in the 19th century, Wat Sisaket is widely considered to be the oldest temple in Vientiane. Surrounded by tropical fruit trees and picturesque verandas, it's a beautiful structure with a drum ...  Read more

Wat Si Saket

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Built in 1818, this Buddhist wat in Vientiane is a surprising nod to Siamese-style architecture in a city where traditional Laotian design reigns supreme. The ancient wat’s cloister walls, which ...  Read more

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