Presidential Palace, Vientiane

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Visit the official home of the president of Laos at Presidential Palace, a structure founded in 1973 and built with grand Beaux-Arts architecture. Despite its grandeur, it did not actually become a royal residence until 1986 due to political changes and unrest. Nowadays, visitors can catch glimpses of the impressive colonnades, balconies, and gardens surrounding the palace. While you cannot actually enter the building, the attraction still makes a great stop for taking photos and admiring the elegant architecture from outside the tall iron fence. For Presidential Palace and beyond, use our Vientiane tour itinerary maker tool to get the most from your Vientiane vacation.
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  • September 17, 2017
    I stopped by here just for pictures but I am totally impressed by the grandeur of this place. The building is of colonial taste and lots of important meetings have been conducted in this very building...  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    A huge white building located along the Mekong River. Western style is quite clean. Put the gate closed, but did not choose the time for everything. Seen from the outside, the 10 minutes is pretty. Presidential Palace, although the country is more stable.
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  • August 22, 2017
    This is where top 1 country living is a splendid set up a France style and eclectic, with the appearance of a Western-style. A huge portrait of the President had been posted on the side of the gate. I only look at it does not put the traveling public. I saw Arc de Triomphe in the wide Street in front of target.
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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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