Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos. The town is located on the North bank of the Mekong river, opposite the Thai town of Si Chiang Mai.

Vientiane is a small city with a relaxed atmosphere that receives a growing number of tourists. French influence shows in the colonial era buildings and the broad boulevards. The town's most distinguishing landmark is the Patuxai arch, that resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The name of the more than a thousand years old city is pronounced as Vieng Chan, which means "the walled city of sandalwood".

The city was destroyed by the Siamese army in 1828. It was rebuild when the French colonized Laos and made it part of French Indochina in 1893.
Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a beautiful tourist town in the shadows of the mystical Karst Hills. It is situated in Vientiane Province and is a four hour bus ride to the north of the capital. It has low rise buildings mostly of old construction with tin roofs. It is though the limestone karsts that dominate the town. These magnificent rocks soar majestically...

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

24km south of Vientiane, Buddha Park is in a field near the Mekong River. The park, as its name would suggest, is littered with religious sculptures and was built in 1958 by the philosopher Bunleua Sulilat who famously combined Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, mythology and iconography. The featured gods range from Vishnu to Arjuna and many in...

That Dam

That Dam

The That Dam, which translates to “black stupa” is one of Vientiane’s historical landmarks. The old, weathered stupa is found on a square in the middle of a roundabout near the Talat Sao, Vientiane’s morning market in the center of town. The brick stupa overgrown with vegetation was once completely plastered, most of it...

Patuxai

Patuxai

Patuxai (literally Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph), formerly the Anousavary or Anousavari Monument, is situated in the centre of Vientiane. Built between 1962 and 1968, the Laotians built it as a mark of respect for all those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French. Ironically, the monument bears a slight resemblance to the...

Wat Ho Phakeo

Wat Ho Phakeo

This temple was built in 1565 as a royal chapel and repository for the celebrated statue of the Emerald Buddha, which the Laotians had seized from Northern Thailand in 1551. The statue remained in the temple until 1778, when the Thais invaded and recaptured it, taking it to Bangkok. The temple was destroyed in 1828-1829 during the Thai sacking of...

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