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Patuxai, Vientiane

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Dedicated to men and women killed during Laos' fight for independence, Patuxai represents a war monument decorated with various mythological creatures, gods, and animals. The structure's interior was constructed in a typical Laotian style, although the entire edifice resembles that of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. As you approach the monument, notice the ornate towers, which represent five principles of coexistence. Inside, you can explore seven floors housing administrative offices, a museum, a gift shop, and exhibits of pictures and statues of fallen heroes. For a small fee, take the elevator or stairs to the top-floor viewing area. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Patuxai and many more Vientiane attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vientiane trip itinerary builder.
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  • 3000 paki for going to the top! Very nice view! Clean and a nice market in the middle floor. People are very polite and the nearby toilets were ok.  more »
  • I thought it was worth a visit. regretted because it was hot as hell. until we climbed at the top but it only confirmed that the monument is dumped moths. still charge 3000 kips per head but must go to someone's Pocket? do not recommend
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  • nothing much to do in the city, but its a very nice spot and its easy to get too, go to the top and take a look on the city  more »
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  • Stunning view from afar. Really well kept and so clean. Climbing the stairway and viewing Vientiane from above was truly amazing. Little trinket shops on top 3 floors with real old stuff available.
  • Nice monument but need to climb up for the great views....it was closed to climbing at 5 pm. This should be extended
  • The park the monument sits in is really nice, it it's beautifully lit and kept in a very good shape. The monument itself is impressive from afar but the closer you get the less impressive it gets, but that's kind of part of the charm! It's unfinished and never will be. I would say that it appears to be slightly neglected as wildlife has begun to take it over with a large number of bees nests present at the top of the monument. In terms of opening times, I am slightly puzzled. Every time I went by it was closed but apparently you can visit and go to the top albeit I was unable to. I think they should arrange it so you can visit in the evening for sunset as it's simply too hot to go any other time! Anyway, it's well worth a visit as the park is really nice.
  • Good view, cheap to climb to the top (3000kip). Little historical info available. Several souvenir shops without the prices shown. Relatively few tourists when I was there. Definitely worth visiting
  • One of the best and imprtant locations in Vientiane. Beutifully developed garden all around.