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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  • September 19, 2017
    Just visited today took about 45-60 mins to walk round. It's very interesting but very run down which is a shame. Please don't let the look of the outside put you off, it's only 10,000 each to get in ...  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    The Lao National Museum deserves more respect. Currently, the building is in a horrible condition, just like a dilapidated house. The museum is located in a French colonial building but it is not well...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Most of the museums around the world are boring. This is a good place to kill time if you have nothing to do and want to avoid the heat outside. Better to go with a guide for more knowledge and intere...  more »
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  • April 17, 2017
    The collection was fascinating, but poorly explained and badly maintained. It's sad to see such incredible artefacts in such a state of neglect - I can imagine most other governments putting these things behind glass cases, in climate-controlled environments. I hope they can get more funding to better present their magnificent history.
  • February 22, 2017
    The collection they have in the museum is really interesting in the most of it. But the way they exhibit the items looks more like a high school presentation:) Way too much space dedicated to the revolution. Still worthy to go.
  • March 20, 2017
    Great price at 10000 kip. Has some interesting dinosaur bones. Also some cool artifacts from the history of Laos.
  • December 21, 2016
    This is a really interesting museum. It hasn't been updated much since Laos opened up to the rest of the world. It's amazing to see the USA branded boldly as the "American Imperialists", but that's the reality of the situation! You can get through the whole exhibit in a little over an hour. Some amazing photographs from the Lao perspective.
  • February 21, 2017
    There is not many museums in Laos and this one seems to be the best. Do not raise your expectations to high not to be discouraged. It has nice display on prehistoric times and the post 10th century history. The top floor might be all skipped as it is mainly about Lao Comunist Revolution. All in all it is mediocre but still best in Laos.

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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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