If having a chance to travel to Vientiane – the capital city of Laos, travelers should not miss the following attractive destinations.
Patuxai Triumphal Arch
One of the most famous attractions in Vientiane is Patuxay, which is considered the symbol of the capital city. Patuxai (also called Patuxay) was built as a triumphal arch of the city, in honor of the soldiers in the war against the French invader of Lao people.
Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang is one of the most important religious structures of Laos where is the home to the Golden Stupa. Best time to visit Pha That Luang is in the late afternoon, when the sunset lights projected onto the top of the tower creating a dreamlike scene.
The Buddha Park
Xieng Khuan, more famous with the name Buddha Park, is located around 27km southeast of Vientiane. The park is the location of more than 200 Buddhist statues and Hindu statues made of concrete, in which featured a giant Buddha statue with 40m long hands.
Talat Sao Market
Situated in the East of the city, at the intersection of Park Lane and Xang Vieng Streets, Talat Sao is the main trade area in the capital of Vientiane. This street market is daily open from 7:00am to 16:00pm. This is a place of gathering goods bearing the Lao identity where you will easily find interesting souvenirs for you trip.
Ho Phra Kaew Temple
First built in 1565, the temple is not only a place to worship Buddha, but also a museum displaying many religious artworks of Laos. Visit Haw Phra Kaew, you will be lost in “the art world” of the sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts are inlaid with gold, silver, or jade.
Vientiane Night Market
Taking place over a length of about 300min the campus of Chao Anouvong Park, the night market is a busy place beside the Mekong River. The goods purchased in the market are mainly clothes, shoes, bags, foods, and handicraft items.
Wat Si Saket
Located on Sethathirath Street, Wat Si Saket is an ancient temple which was kept intact since the construction by King Chao Anou in 1818. It was designed followthe Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Si Saket impresses visitor by the hall decorated with more than 2000 Buddha images in bronze, precious wood, ceramics, as well as silver and gold plated. There is a total of 6840 Buddha statues in many shapes and sizes, and many of them are precious arts of Laos.
Wat Si Muang
Situated at the junction of Setthathilath and Samsenthai roads, Wat Si Muang is the most apparent sample for the combination between the Buddhism and the primitive beliefs of Laos. Travel to Vientiane, you can come here to take a wrist tie ceremony for luck, a unique tradition of Laos.
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