Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Laos  /  Vientiane Prefecture  /  Vientiane  /  Patuxai

Patuxai, Vientiane

3.7
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. Plan to visit Patuxai during your Vientiane vacation using our convenient Vientiane tour website .
Create an itinerary including Patuxai
map
Places to stay near Patuxai
Patuxai Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.0
2,196 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • One of the "highlights" of Vientiane. Ordinary. Built in 1962, concrete and not ancient or particularly cultural.  more »
  • Walking at the patuxay for relax and se view that you can see all of view Vientaine capital. See sun set  more »
  • Easy to get to a worth a visit. Nice park area to walk around and enjoy. You can go to the top of the monument to get a great view of the city. A couple of levels of hawkers stalls inside on your way ...  more »
Google
  • Great view from the top. The inner stairwells are nothing special and you end up looking at bare concrete walls the whole way up. The landing stages are full of cheap souvenir shops. These shops also sell a wide variety of coins which may be useful for coin collectors. Overall it looks better from the outside than inside.
  • It's a pretty sight, and that's why you should visit when in town. Take some pictures (don't forget to look up when you are standing underneath), climb to the top and stroll through the little park around it. It will take you 39 minutes tops, but they are worth it. This place is best visited on the way to Wat That Luang
  • It's cool to see but nothing really to do there. Has a but of a European feel to it and the area around it. Besides that, wouldn't spend longer than 10 minutes. You can go up the monument as well and take pictures from the top.
  • Interesting place. Cheap to climb up and gives you a nice view over the city. Made out of concrete donated by the US to make a runaway thus having the name "vertical landing stripe". Very great to see how even in a monument like this they manage to make tourist shops to ruin the authenticity. Gives you a touch of France in Laos ;)
  • You get a cool view of the surrounding area, it's super cheap, but it also leeches completely off the tourism that comes through there every day. Inside the monument are stalls selling fake goods and rip off items. A little disappointing for a monument. If I wanted shopping I'd go to the night market!

Plan your trip to Vientiane

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Patuxai by other users

22 days in Asia BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Vientiane, Vang Vieng & Luang Prabang BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Laos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Vientiane BY A USER FROM LAOS April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Laos BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Laos BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Laos & Myanmar BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Vientiane BY A USER FROM THAILAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans