Lao National History Museum, Vientiane

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Glimpse the country's turbulent past at Lao National History Museum, dedicated to the Laotian struggle for independence and plight under colonial rule. Situated in a French-era house that dates back to 1925, the museum features a slightly chaotic display of artifacts and photos, covering the history and culture of Laos from prehistoric to the modern times, with special emphasis on the 1970s revolution. Admire the ancient relics on the first floor, then go upstairs to learn about Laos' fight to end occupation and the establishment of communism. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Vientiane holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lao National History Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • So far visited, close & relocation of paper was pasted on the gate. Moved to 6 kilometers to go, and rests in the double padlock on the door?! Around the building entrance for walking, officials who are called me, No open! Next month! With that. Unfortunately. 2018 is expected to open in March 2 / 15 visits, so. You want you are visiting in February, writes a brief.
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  • We are staying around the corner from this massive structure. It is not open for some reason, We will try again tomorrow. Looks very interesting and it is beautiufl from the outside.  more »
  • Although small with a small amount of Laoatian style Communist spin, a very interesting museum. Most noteably by a group of archeologists from Germany, if memory serves me well, training local people ...  more »
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  • Phenomenal Place . Still like in the 60's and the silly brains that do not understand the value of getting to see a place like in the war time ...well better you off to Vegas. An amazing series of pictures of those times, weapons of any time and real one, a marvellous athmosphere of the past, maps, radios all come from the real epoca of the war and sadly from the suffering of many people. For me is one of the last real museum where you jump in the past and i hope they delay to build the new one :-)
  • Don't waste your time to go there. I wonder whether it is still in operation.
  • Really informative and interesting. But it look like the place really need some remodeling. But it was worth the price.
  • Don't bother. The museum is run down and the staff on almost non existent. My wife and I were disappointed at the state the museum was in. There were multiple sections without English translation. We were the only people in the whole museum. I hope the government can put some money into this place to better preserve Laos heritage.
  • This place is going to other locación. I have Not been able to find the new one. Could Anyone help me?

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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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