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The Best Things to Do in Vientiane

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Things to do in Vientiane

Buddha Park , Vientiane
Observe more than 200 sacred statues and a giant 40 meter (131 ft) high image of the reclining Buddha at Buddha Park. Built in 1958 by a monk
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Observation Deck
Patuxai , Vientiane
Dedicated to men and women killed during Laos' fight for independence, Patuxai represents a war monument decorated with various mythological
Tours from £38
An impressive but slender 45 m (148 ft) gilded structure surrounded by high walls, Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) imposes itself with it
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Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane meaning the "city of sandal wood". Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals. Visit some of the most popular attractions including the Wat Sisake, Wat Phra Ke, Presidential Palace and more.
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History Museum
Glimpse the country's turbulent past at Lao National History Museum, dedicated to the Laotian struggle for independence and plight under colo
Wat Si Saket , Vientiane
Thanks to its sturdy Siamese style architecture, Wat Si Saket stands intact and represents one of the oldest temples in the capitol. The Budd
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Parks · Observation Decks · Sacred & Religious Sites
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it. The mix of colonial French and traditional architecture adds an air of sophistication to the city, and newer developments, particularly along the waterfront, add a few modern touches to the scene. The surrounding rice paddies, visible at the end of many of the city's streets, provide a sprawling area of countryside to explore by bike or foot, while the river offers a number of outdoor activities and day excursions. Visits to Vientiane should be conducted at the relaxed pace of the locals so as not to miss any of the sights. Make your own Vientiane vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Laos itinerary maker website.

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Where to stay in Vientiane

Pretty little Vientiane offers a good range of accommodations, with most either mid-range or upmarket hotels by national standards. Close to the riverfront sit the grandest of the bunch, with newly built high-rise hotels and boutiques set in old French colonial buildings. Move away from the water a little to find some standard, unassuming hotels, mixed in with a few more boutiques and high-rises overlooking the prettier plazas and along the main boulevards. For budget options, look at the guesthouses and hostels on the side streets around Rue Setthathilath, but make sure to reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.
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