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Vientiane
Lao's People Democratic Republic

VIENTIANE
The capital of Laos is a very laid-back city, busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country very quite however if compared with any other city in Asia. Vientiane, as all of Lao's major cities, is situated on the Mekong river which forms the lifeline of the country. The tree lined boulevards and the old temples give the town it's special touch of ancient past and French colonialism.

Vientiane is the center of culture, commerce and administration in Laos. Vientiane's major attractions are its serene Buddhist monasteries and monuments, which characterize the scenery of the capital.

MAIN SITES IN VIENTIANE

That Luang Stupa
That Luang is the most important Stupa in Laos and is the National Emblem of Laos. It was constructed in 1566 by King Say Setthathirath in typical Lao style and it's golden center reflects over the roofs of the city and is one of the landmarks of Vientiane.

Wat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket is the only temple in Vientiane that has survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese in 1828. It is the oldest monastery standing intact in its original form, and certainly one of the most interesting in the whole country. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, are hundreds of little niches and shelves containing a total of 6840 Buddha images.

Wat Hoprakeo
Vat Phra Keo was constructed in 1565 by King Xayasethathirath when he moved the capital of Lan Xang to Vientiane to house the Emerald Buddha which the Siamese Invaders moved to Thailand in the 18th century. The temple was then badly damaged and nicely renovated by the French in 1942.

Patousay
Build in 1958 this monument is a copy of the French Arc de Triumph and commemorates the Lao who died in the pre-revolutionary wars. It is completely made out of cement and and decorated in Laos style although the entire has never been completely finished.

Lao National History Museum
Formerly known as the Revolutionary Museum. It is located in a old French Mansion build in 1925 and houses different exhibitions with interesting artifacts. The main part of the museum is dedicated to the lengthy struggle for power of the Pathet Lao. In addition to that there are some interesting Khmer sandstone sculptures and interesting information about the French colonial period, the struggle for independence etc.

SITES AROUND VIENTIANE

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
This impressive Bridge was completed in 1994. Over 1,100 meter long it was the first road connection between Thailand and Laos. It made trade and travel between the two countries a lot easier what increased the importance of Nong Khai, the Thai border town as well as Vientiane. Besides domestic trade and transport it also became very fast an attractive entry point for tourists.

Buddha Park
Located 25km outside Vientiane on the shore of the Mekong River is a garden with concrete statues of various religious figures from the Ramayana Story as well as the history of Buddha. All the statues are made of concrete and are of recent construction. It is a nice drive through the countryside to get and from the park you have a nice view over the Mekong and the Friendship Bridge, but the park itself is not of any particular interest.

National Ethnic Cultural Park
Located 20km outside of Vientiane on the way to the Friendship Bridge this park caters mainly to domestic visitors. It consist of a small Zoo, a children playground, a public swimming pool as well as some models of traditional Lao Houses.

Lao Pako
This is an eco-tourism lodge located on the Nam Ngum River about 50km south of Vientiane. The very charming resort is made out of wood and bamboo and offers basic comfort. It is a very nice getaway from Vientiane and besides enjoying the peace of this beautiful area possible activities are short treks, village visits and boat rides.

 

 
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