Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is often a stop-over city before travelers head deeper into the country. On my Laos-Thailand-Myanmar trip, I had a whole morning to explore the city center and had my first experience of Laos culture.
This monument sits in the middle of a roundabout, with restaurants and guest houses nearby. It’s a great place to start your city-tour and have a meal, because it’s going to be a tiring few hours of walking.
At the end of Lang Xang Avenue is a park with a giant arch-monument smacked in the middle of it. Although Patuxai may look like it resembles other western arches, it’s very Laotian and incorporates traditional design decors.
Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist temple and museum, famous for its collection of ceramic and silver Buddha images.
Admission Fee of 10,000 Kip per person
The Presidential Palace is closed to the public, but you can see it from the street just across Wat Si Saket. It’s a beautiful sight!
We didn’t really go to a lot of places because we had to leave the city in the afternoon. But since it was our first time in Laos, we were impressed by the range of architecture we saw in a few hours of walking. From western, Burmese, to Siam influences, mixed with the local style that they have. It was an interesting morning and a great start to our journey in Laos.