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Presidential Palace
Vientiane’s Presidential Palace would do the president of any country proud: a grand building with a colonial-era Beaux-Arts feel that belies its relatively recent 1986 construction. While the president’s official working residence is elsewhere, the palace still remains closed to the public.

The Basics
Vientiane’s Presidential Palace is closed to the public, opening its doors only for receptions and formal events—and even then an invitation is required. As such, the casual visitor’s only option for seeing the palace is by capturing photos from outside the gates. The Presidential Palace is an easy walk from other town center attractions; although some Vientiane city tours include a photo stop here, there are no dedicated Presidential Palace tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Laos’ Presidential Palace is not open to visitors; rather, it’s strictly a government building.
  • Bring your camera or your phone—even the exterior of the building is worth a snap. 
  • The Vientiane Presidential Palace is probably not worth the effort with kids.

How to Get There
The Presidential Palace sits in the heart of Vientiane, just steps from Wat Sisaket and the Nam Phou Fountain; Patuxai (Victory Monument) is located less than a mile (1.3 kilometers) to the northeast. It’s easy to swing by for a photo stop when exploring Vientiane on foot or by bicycle; alternatively, a few city tours make a short stop here en route to Patuxai.

When to Get There
As with many architectural subjects, the Presidential Palace is best photographed during the morning or the golden hour—just after sunrise or just before sunset. The building is also illuminated it at night, making it a great topic for evening photography if you have the ISO capacity.

Deceptively Historic: Vientiane’s Presidential Palace Architecture
Like so much of Laos, Vientiane’s Presidential Palace displays the influence of the French, who occupied Laos from 1893 until 1954. But it was actually built decades after they left. Construction started in 1973 under the Royal Lao Government and continued during the 1980s under the Communist Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. The building was finished in 1986.
Address: Junction of Lane Xang Avenue and Settathirath Road, Vientiane, Laos
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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

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Take a tour of the capital city of Laos and see what makes this historical destination so unique. You'll experience the quiet beauty of this peaceful town and make stops at some of its top attractions like Wat Sisake, the Presidential Palace and more. This is the perfect way for first-time visitors to get a taste of the city and oriented to its streets, people and culture. 
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Private Tour: Vientiane Half-Day City Tour

Immerse yourself in the Wat Si Saket on this 6-hour tour. Visit Ho Pra Keo or Wat Ho Phakeo- one of the most impressive and interesting temples. Discover Presidential Palace which is the official residence of the President of Laos. Explore Patuxai- a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. Enjoy Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)-is the most important Buddhist monument of Laos. This half day tour includes round-trip ac transport and entrance tickets.
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Orientation tour of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It is the most populated city with its 420.000 inhabitants. The city extends along the left bank of the Mekong River and still retains its 'démodé' charm of French old colonial city with its large boulevards and colonial houses, the History Museum, the Presidential Palace, the amazing colors of Talat Sao, the joy of Nam Phu "the fountain" and the mysterious That Dam "Black Stupa", the happines of people that at sunset meets in the many little restaurants which are along the river bank. Vientiane is proud to show its modern activities mixed with its wonderful ancient remains.
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