Vientiane City in Laos is only new when it comes to foreigners, opening its doors to tourism in the 1990’s. It makes the capital of Laos a fascinating city to visit, especially if discovering new cultures is your forte. With a gallery of grand things to see, Vientiane should certainly be on your list when touring into South East Asia, except for now why don’t you check out my own little gallery of Vientiane City.
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The Vientiane city, does not reach the population of other major capital cities in South East Asia, but the laidback nature can be a welcome change than the hustle and bustle you can accustomed to in other areas. Plenty of markets, temples, museums, café’s, restaurants, bars and shopping make up most up most of the activities in the Laos capital of Vientiane.
Patuxai War Monument
It is what the people of Laos are most proud of in their country, this grand building that stands mighty in the Vientiane City for everyone to see. The Patuxai War Monument celebrates the country’s independence from France and it is a pleasure to visit and view the city from great heights.
The Golden Palace
Situated in the heart of Vientiane city, the Golden Palace is one of the most famous temples in the capital. While the Golden Palace in its glorious colour of gold is the main attraction, there are many other temples and buildings to view on the palace grounds.
You’ll find in this city that temples make up a lot of the city and Wat Sisaket is no exception when it comes stunning temples in the area. It is unique in design with the main temple situated in the middle with a cleverly crafted terrace on the outside which is popular for a prayer with the locals.
Wat Ho Phra Kaew
This glorious temple that is centuries old, is beautiful in design and has lovely garden features surrounding the temple to go with it. Built in 1565 to house the Emerald Buddha, come a see this temple in all its beauty and another rich history of Vientiane City.
Chao Anouvong Park
Situated near the Mekong River, therefore only a stone throw from Thailand, Chao Anouvang Park is the life of the city. Take a stroll through the park and view the statue of King Anouvong, then in the evening check out the Night Markets and get in on some Laos entertainment.
Walk through a local village
If you get the chance venture a little way out of Vientiane City and visit a local village. Check out how the locals live, farm their crops, the houses they live in, the boutique marketplaces and smiles on the villages faces as they get through everyday life without the luxuries of the western civilized world.