9 Interesting Places to Visit in Vientiane

Triumphal Arch Patuxay: Most tourists visiting Vientiane want to have a look at famous monument of Patuxay – the city’s symbol. Patuxay (or Patuxai) is considered the triumphal arch of the city. It was built in honor of the soldiers in the war against the French of the Laotian.

Pha That Luang: This is one of the most remarkable religious buildings of Laos. Best time to visit Pha That Luang is sunset, the end of the day when the sun's rays shine onto the top of the tower with bright yellow color.

Buddha Park: the site is about 27km southeast of Vientiane canter. There are more than 200 Buddhist statues and figures in Hinduism made of concrete, among them the most remarkable is the giant 40m reclining Buddha statue.

Talat Sao Market: Located at the crossing of Khu Vieng and Lan Xang, the main area in the capital of Vientiane, this market opens from 7:00 am to 16:00 pm. This is the place that lots of identical Lao products gather, therefore you will easily find out some favourite items as gifts for friends and relatives.

Haw Phra Kaew Temple: Located on Setthathirath road, Haw Phra Kaew temple was first built in 1565, this is not only a place to worship Buddha, but also a museum displaying many religious artworks of Laos. Visiting the temple, you will be lost in "the art world" by the sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts inlaid with sparkling gold, silver and jade.

Vientiane Night Market: the market is located in ChaoAnouvong campus park, about 300m long, facing Pangkham Rue street and the Mekong River. Goods sold in the market are mainly clothes, shoes, bags, foods and handicrafts items. The market is recommended to visit by many tour operators in Laos: http://laosfinder.com/

Wat Si Saket: the temple is located on Sethathirath road, the crossing with Lane Xang Avenue. Wat Si Saket temple is kept intact since the construction by King Chao Anou in 1818 according to Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Si Saket is impressivethanks to its corridor walls decorated with more than 2000 Buddha images in various materials like precious wood, bronze, ceramics, gold and silver plated. There are about 6,840 rare small and big Buddha images in total.

Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan: Also located on Setthathilath, Ong Teu Wat Mahawihan attracts tourist by the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. Also, the Sangha Buddhist school is also located in the temple campus, and that is the place that monks from throughout Laos frequently gather to learn about Buddhism.

Wat Si Muang: Situated in the middle of Setthathilath and Samsenthairoad, Wat Si Muang temple is the most apparent combination of Buddhist faith and primitive beliefs of Laos. Coming to Vientiane, you can come here to have a cotton tie around the wrist for good luck, according to the traditions of Laos.

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