Vientiane
(Laos PDR)
24 kg. from
Royal Mekong Nongkhai hotel
Vientiane, capital of Laos is Asia's biggest village.  Busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country, it is quiet compared with any other city in Asia.  Vientiane, as all of Lao's major cities, is situated on the Mekong river which forms the lifeline of the country.  Vientiane is the hub for all travel in the country.  The city has a population of 450,000, about 10% of the country.
Vientiane is a city full of surprises.  Here you can find fields of rice and vegetables, agriculture hidden behind tree lined avenues.  French Colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples.  Freshly baked French bread is served next to shops selling noodle soup.
There is little modern in Vientiane.  Old French colonial houses are being restored as offices and as restaurants and hotels. There are only a handful of modern buildings which sometimes look remarkably out of place in this quiet capital.
   

That Luang Stupa
The most famous landmark of Vientiane is That Luang (Royal Stupa) which was constructed in 1566 by King Setthatirat and restored in 1935.  It's central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving line of an elongated lotus bud. The original stupa, said to contain a relic Buddha In mid-November, religious rites as well as a fair are held here during the That Luang festival. The stupa is situated 3km north of the centre of the city.

Patuxai (Anousavary) - Victory Monument
The Victory Monument is situated at the north end of Lane Xang Avenue and resembles Paris' Arc de Triomphe - as it is sometimes known.   During the day, the monument can be climbed and makes an excellent vantage point of the city.
Wat Xieng Khouang (Buddah Park)
Buddah Park is situated about 25 minutes drive outside the centre of the city.  Although not an old temple, it is nevertheless fascinating for its huge structures that combine Buddhist and Hindu Philosophies.

Ho Phrakeo
Is on Setthathirath Road, opposite Wat Sisaket. Now a museum, Ho Phrakeo was built by king Setthathirath on his return from the Lanna kingdom, part of the Lane Xang Empire, you succeed to the Lao throne. The temple was home to the famous Emerald Buddha until a raid in 1779, when Siamese tops took the Buddha to Bangkok and housed it in the Wat there of the same name. The museum its gardens contain archaeological and religious treasures from around the whole country.

Monument of the King Chaiyachetta

locate in the front of thePatuxai (Anousavary) - Victory Monument

That Dam
That Dam (Black Stupa) reportedly houses a seven-headed dragon that protected local citizens during the 1828 Siamese-Lao war that destroyed much of the city.



Wat Hai Sok
Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan (The Temple of the Heavy Buddha) was originally built in the 16th century by King Setthathirat, the builder of Pha That Luang. Like the Great Stupa, it was destroyed in the Siamese invasion of 1828 and was later rebuilt in the 19th century. The temple takes its name from the massive 16th century bronze Buddha image, the largest in Vientiane. The temple is also the residence of the Lao Supreme Patriarch.


Wat Ong Teu
Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan (The Temple of the Heavy Buddha) was originally built in the 16th century by King Setthathirat, the builder of Pha That Luang. Like the Great Stupa, it was destroyed in the Siamese invasion of 1828 and was later rebuilt in the 19th century. The temple takes its name from the massive 16th century bronze Buddha image, the largest in Vientiane. The temple is also the residence of the Lao Supreme Patriarch.

Wat Sisaket
This temple features over 6,800 buddah images which are all ritually cleansed at the time of the Lao new year.  The temple was built in 1818 and is the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane.


Hor Khom Used for receiving the governiment guests