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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Climb up to the top in a building modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Do not "unfinished" and has not completed the decoration, as the building is flawed. Feels like is more crowded at the top.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It's the most peaceful I've ever been. You should rent a bicycle to ride around slowly to enjoy the local life. Also, you should get to the top of Tower to have an overview of quarter and city.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Better visit after 4 pm, fountains start working around 5pm & best time to take photos. That is the busiest time though  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    Amazing monument at the heart of city. Usually crowded on weekends and public holidays. A nice place to hangout in afternoon /evening time. Much recommend!
  • June 20, 2017
    This is also called Victory Gate. We paid some donations to go up to the top. They have souvenir stores each floor. The narrow cylindrical stairs is not for everyone, it's narrow and stiff,and hot and humid. But the top floor gives one a better glimpse of Laos' city !
  • March 19, 2017
    Nice monument in the middle of the city, there is a small park in front with water fountain. The ceiling inside the monument consist of decorations depicting hindu gods. You can walk up five storey till the very top of the structure and have fantastic view of the city in four directions. There are stores selling art works and souvenirs at each levels within the structure. You need to purchase a ticket for 3,000 kip to enter the building. Opening hours is between 9.30 am to 5 pm.
  • June 10, 2017
    Wow ..they call victory monument. If you climb the stairs going up to the top you will see a nice view of the city.
  • June 21, 2017
    Build in 1968 and also know as Victory Gate, it's a 7 floor historical monument (you can go up for a small donation) build to celebrate the indipendence from France. Come in the afteroon for sunny pictures but it's gonna be HOT (morning tend to be cloudy)

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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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