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Vientiane

Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, is a beautiful city as indicated by its name “city of the
moon.” With a well-prepared itinerary, one day is enough to look around central Vientiane,
where travelers visit the most. A day quickly goes by while taking a stroll through streets
filled with mosques, cafes and restaurants.

Location
Vientiane is on a bend of the Mekong River, at which point it forms the border with Thailand.
Area
130 km2
Population
820,940 (2015)
Currency
KIP / LAK
Language
Lao language
Climate
Tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw) with a distinct wet season and a dry season
Vientiane LAOS
Patuxai
Patuxai, the Gate of Triumph, is a war monument standing at the end of the Lan Xang Avenue. The monument was built in 1963 in honor of those who sacrificed their lives during the war of independence
from France. Four pillars support the square building with four arches. The arches are adorned with the depiction of the legendary dragon named Naga. The central ceiling is inscribed with Hindu gods,
lotus flowers, and elephants. The staircase of the pillar leads to the viewing platform, which sells t-shirts, wallets, and other souvenirs. The terrace on the fifth level provides a panoramic view of downtown Vientiane. Spiral staircases lead to the top seventh floor, where you can see windows with Buddha-shaped muntin screens.

AddressP.D.R, Vientiane, Laos

Buddha Park
Buddha Park has numerous Buddha statues and sculptures in a grotesque shape. In 1958, a Thai monk and sculptor Bunleua Sulilat created 200 sculptures that embodied Buddhist and Hindu principles. The park has more statues of the characters of Hindu mythology, such as Shiba, Vishnu and Hanuman than the
statue of Buddha. At the right side of the entrance, there is a pumpkin-shaped sarira pagoda, which also serves as an observatory. Once you reach a peak where the Bodhi tree(Tree of Life) is you can take a full view of the park, as well as the 45m recumbent Buddha statute. When climbing, be wary of the dark entrance and steepness of stairs of the sarira pagoda, which embodies the three
worlds of the heaven, earth, and the hell.

AddressThanon Tha Deua, Vientiane, Laos

That Luang
That Luang, meaning “sacred stupa,” is Laos’ representative religious building, which is also painted on the 5,000 Kip banknotes. It was built in 1566 by King Setthatirat when he relocated the capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. At the entrance stands a statue of King Setthathriat. Originally, the monument was entirely covered with pure gold, but was mostly destroyed during the war with Myanmar, Thailand, and China in the 18th and 19th century. The stupa was reconstructed in 1935. Although going inside is forbidden, visitors can take a walk through the corridor. Many locals take wedding photos with the stupa in the background. That Luang hosts Boun Thant Luang Festival every November, where Buddhist priests make a huge procession and the fireworks marking the end.

AddressAddress Ban Nongbone, Vientiane. Laos

Namphu Square
Namphu means “square” in Laos. There is a fountain in the center of the square, which is encircled by restaurants and bars. Not many stores are open during daytime hours, so it may feel a little empty. However, starting 5 p.m., when the fountain starts to run, music is playing so loud that it could be heard from 300m away, creating a joyful atmosphere. Around six-thirty in the evening, you can watch a band’s live performance. You can order various foods, from simple dish that goes well with beer like skewers, chicken wings, and fried potatoes to Japanese and Laos cuisine, and eat on the outside table. Tuk-Tuks are always ready for use around Namphu Square for you to get back to hotel safely and easily after sun goes down.

AddressRue Pangkham, Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane by night
In Vientiane Capital, it is possible to enjoy bars and music venues of many types. Some of the most popular venues for a sunset beer are the small outside local “cafes” which spring up along the river front every night.

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