Wat Xieng Thong
The hill is popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set over the Mekong River. From the summit you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree outlook across the city and its many temples, and out over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance.
Tad Sae Waterfall
The falls pour over beautiful limestone formations across a variety of levels into large pools below, which are fantastic to swim in.
The beautiful architecture is in Lao style, influenced by Buddhist beliefs – these include finely-gilded, red-lacquer doors, pointed lesser stupas, many Buddha images and beautiful flower and animal images.
Patuxai Victory Monument
Situated at the end of one of the capital’s grand avenues, the large, square arch is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. However, as a monument to Laos’ resilience and eventual independence, Patuxai was designed to pay homage to its national culture and traditions. Its exterior embellishments feature both Buddhist religious symbols such as lotus leaves and the stupa-shaped towers, and statues of animist kinnari (half-female and half-bird figures) and nagas (dragons).
Wat Ho Phra Keo
Even without the Emerald Buddha, however, Ho Phra Keo is well worth a visit. The only part of the old royal palace that has survived, the temple is no longer used for religious purposes and is now a museum. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, as it is often known in English, is richly adorned with carved wooden features, a magnificent 16th century lacquered door with Hindu carvings, numerous Khmer stone carvings and a variety of Buddha statues.
Statue of King Anouvong the Chao, green areas with some street stalls. Start at the Presidential Palace and walk to the statue of King Chao Anouvong, once in the statue of the King, walk towards the West until the end of the promenade along the river, place where market night of Vientiane (night market) mounts each day.
The Presidential Palace of Vientiane is a beautiful French Beaux Arts style that serves as the President official residence of Laos and also is the scene of official acts. Surrounded by gardens and located on the main avenue of Vientiane, the Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane Presidential Palace is a building in the year 1973.
Wat Si Muang
Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly with Theravada Buddhism.
Food is generally inexpensive in Laos. Lao food owes its distinctive taste to fermented fish sauce, lemongrass, coriander leaves, chillies and lime juice.
Fried Pork Rice
Fried Kuey Teow