They say you haven’t been to Laos if you haven’t visited the Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane

I love the saying because it’s a true statement, as this notable landmark represents the country so proudly and historically. The Patuxai Monument stands central in the city with its significant presence for everyone to see on the famous Vientiane strip on Ave Lane Xang.

Do yourself a favour while sightseeing in Vientiane and visit the Patuxai War Monument; it’s gorgeous from the outside, inside the buildings where you’ll find an abundance of market places, and on the top, you” catch beautiful views of Vientiane.


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Patuxai Monument, Laos

Entering the Patuxai.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The Patuxai Monument from the famous Ave Lane Xang in Vientiane, Laos.


The Patuxai War Monument Vientiane


The meaning behind the Patuxai War Monument Vientiane

The Monument was completed in 1968 and is dedicated to the Lao people, who thought of independence from the French. With the French colonised the Southeast Asian Country from 1893 to 1953, also known as the  Victory Monument in celebration of freedom.


Patuxai Monument, Laos

Incredible structures of the Patuxai.



The Happening in, around and on top of The Monument

A lot is happening around the Patuxai War Monument during the day. There is Patuxai park to stroll around the gardens with regular events happening year-round with the magnificent Monument standing prominent in the background. The locals and tourists love to come together and get involved in the festivities of the moment.


Patuxai War Monument

The views from the Patuxai Vientiane towards Patuxai Park are below.


Inside the walls of the Patuxai itself, there are plenty of marketplace places as you elevate and struggle your way to the top with many steps to confront; there is no elevator. Each floor has market stalls that sell a variety of unique Laos souvenirs at a very reasonable price, so purchase an item without fear of being ripped off. Also, take in some great artwork within the Monument walls that look spectacular. 


Patuxai, Vientiane

Great artwork inside the Patuxai.


Once you make your way to the top, and I can’t stress strongly enough about going on a clear day, you get a brilliant 360-view of the Vientiane city. It is breathtaking scenery as you stand on top of this precious landmark and marvel at all things around you. The best bit is that Vientiane doesn’t have many sky rise buildings to block your gorgeous view so that you can appreciate this boutique capital city at its peaceful best.


All smiles at the Patuxai Monument in Laos.

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