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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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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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  • Didn't have time to go up or around, but walked to it and got some fab photos. Streets are quite busy so be careful getting your perfect photo!!! You need to be in the middle of the street! If you hav...  more »
  • Amazing views across the capital...Well worth a visit..You have to pay to get in ..There are different prices for foreigners..an extra few hundred kip..You can also spend Thai Baht so no problems.  more »
  • No trip is complete without visiting this landmark of Laos. Being a former french colony, the Victory monument is similar to Arc de Triomphe of Paris but it is infused with Lao/ Buddhist elements like...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • Wow ..they call victory monument. If you climb the stairs going up to the top you will see a nice view of the city.
  • 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)