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Presidential Palace, Vientiane

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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. Put Presidential Palace on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Vientiane itinerary maker.
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  • The Palace is a good photo opportunity. It is very centrally located so that you inevitably will pass on this.
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  • There is no visitation but tourists use its front and back as photo props. The palace, as seen at night from the Chao Anouvong statue, is all lit up and presents a splendorous site.  more »
  • The building itself looks to Asia very beautiful, majestic ... the post was not, I decided that you can visit. even on territory already gone)) and then me okriknuli and told that you cannot even walk across the territory. somehow sad. outside it is not interesting. wondering what's inside!
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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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