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  • Pha That Luang monument, Vientiane, Laos
  • Bronze and jade Buddha statues, Vientiane, Laos
  • Buddhist monument Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos
  • Golden wall of Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos
  • Patuxai the Lao Arc de Triomphe replica, Vientiane, Laos



This laid back city is unlike any other Asian capital. Development has been slow and the pace of life is even slower. Vientiane has managed to maintain its peaceful charm where other regional capitals have sold their soul. There is not a lot to see in terms of actual sights - you can see almost the entire city on foot in a day. It is well worth it if only to witness the relaxed atmosphere.

The principal places of interest are the temples of Wat That Luang and the Patuxai, a Laotian building resembling Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe! It was built in 1969 with US purchased cement allegedly to be used for the construction of a new airport. Known to many as "Victory Monument" it honours those who lost their lives at war. You can embark on a reasonably easy climb to the top and if the structural design does not seize your attention, the panorama at the summit undoubtedly will, on a clear day you can see for many miles in each direction.

Vientiane Hotels

$$$ Green Park Hotel Vientiane

Character Boutique

This small hotel has become a firm favourite in the capital since opening just a few years ago. It is centrally located just a few blocks from the Mekong River, within walking distance of the morning...

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$$$ The Ansara Vientiane

Character Boutique

Ideally located down a quiet lane in the heart of the capital, the Ansara is a stunning boutique style property that has recently undergone an expansion to increase the number of rooms and add a...

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$$ Beau Rivage Vientiane

Character Boutique

This small simple hotel is located overlooking the banks of the Mekong River out towards Don Chan Island and is just a short tuk tuk ride to all the key tourist sites. It has the feel of walking in...

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$$$$ Settha Palace Hotel Vientiane

Character Boutique, Historic Hotel

Originally constructed in 1932, the luxurious Settha Palace Hotel has been restored to its former charm. Re-opened in 1999, French colonial architecture, period furniture, and landscaped gardens are...

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