Most of Vientiane attractions are centrally located, that way you’ll be able to explore the majority of them even if you’re not staying long.
Today we gonna show you some of the monuments and a riverside park.
To check our first post about Vientiane markets, Mekong river and monuments Click Here.
At the city center stands Patuxai Monument, built in memory of the soldiers who fought for independence from France.
Resembling “Arc de Triomphe” this version has a whole local touch decorated with Laotian mythology.
Admiring the ceiling details was my favorite part of this place.
After having a good look outside you can go up to catch the city view for a small fee(5000 kip).For visiting inside Patuxai opens from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
In your way up souvenirs will be available, if you have kids or want to buy something for a kiddo back home, they sell the cutest Lao garments for children over there.🎀
Address: Patuxai, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane
Address in Laotian: ປະຕູໄຊ ຖະຫນົນລ້ານຊ້າງ ວຽງຈັນ
Surrounded by European charm, sits That Dam, believed by locals to inhabited a seven-headed naga who helped protect them in the past.
We have a special thing with ruins, this is not a big one, but gives you perspective on how the place looked like before modern times.
There’s no entrance fee, it’s an open place that can be reached 24 hours(we recommend visiting during daytime though).
Grabbing a drink or even something to eat at the nearby restaurants with the Stupa view seems like a good idea.=]
Address: Black Stupa – ທາດດຳ , Chanthakhoumane Road, Vientiane
Chao Anouvong Park
Located at Mekong riverside displaying King Chao Anouvong’s statue the park is a nice place to rest a little after touring around in the hot weather.
From the King’s statue, you can see Nong Khai-Thailand at the other side of the river.
The night market is at the right side of the park(if you’re facing the river), a good time to stop by is at evening after your day attractions and just before the night market.
If you are not in the mood of resting, to cover this spot half hour will do.
Address: Chao Anouvong Park – ສວນເຈົ້າອະນຸວົງ ,Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane
As we said before, the majority of attractions are close to each other but still, to better enjoy your tour, renting a transportation is advised.
Bicycles and motorcycles are available to rent in stores around the city and in some hotels/hostels.Usually, the passport stays with the store as a guaranty, be sure to take pictures of the current state of the bike/moto soon as you rent it to assure you won’t be charged for damage that already existed.
We rented motorcycles both times we visited Vientiane and had no problem whatsoever.
If you don’t drive or rather save some energy you can pick songthaews anywhere in the city, they are similar with Thai tuk tuks and are used as taxis(bargain needed).
Getting your To Do list ready?Them keep up for our next post about Vientiane!
Don’t forget to share your plans in the comments below!💜