Vientiane

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Vientiane is the capital of Laos and a relatively tranquil place if you compare it with for example Bangkok or Hanoi. It might not be the largest capital in south east Asiai but is is filled with interesting sights. There are some interesting old French colonial buildings.

 


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The Pha That Luang is a Buddhist temple and can be considered the National symbol of Laos. The Patuxai Victory Arch is a big Triumph Arch that is also worth a visit.

 

Vientiane patouxay monument Lanxang road

(Patuxai victory monument Vientiane)

 

Vientiane is situated on the Mekong River. On the Riverside you can find most bars, restaurants and hotels. There is also a newly created park along the river.

 

King Chao Anouvong statue along the river - Vientiane

(King Anouvong offers his hand in friendship towards the Thai side of the Mekong)

 

25 kilometers south east of Vientiane you will find the Buddha Park where you can see many intersting buddha images. If you want to know more about the recent history of Laos you can also visit COPE where you can find information about the American bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War.

 

How to get from Vientiane to other destinations:

 

- How to get from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

- How to get from Vientiane to Savannakhet

- How to get from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

- How to get from Vientiane to Bangkok

 


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