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Vientiane is the capital of Laos with a population of presently 464.000 , located on the bank of the Mekong river.


Most travellers are fascinated by the city's exotic Eurasian setting. The confluence of several cultures has given Vientiane an appealing ambience.

Tree-lined boulevards, French historical dwellings and Buddhists temples dominate the scene of central Vientiane and impart a unique character of timelessness.  Vientiane 's major attractions are its scenic Buddhist monasteries and the significant monuments that dominate the scenery of the capital which include Vat Sisaket, Vat Hoprakeo Patousay,That Luang stupa , Vat Ongtu, etc...

Vientiane 's That Luang stupa is the most impressive and biggest stupa in Laos , featured on the Lao insignia. This stupa was constructed in 1566 by King Setthathirat. The Siamese damaged it badly during their invasion in 1828, but it was restored in the 1936s. 

In mid-November, religious rites as well as a fair are held here during the That Luang festival.Wat Phra Keo was also constructed by King Setthathirat. It was rebuilt after the Siamese razed it during the Siamese-Lao war of 1828.

The building had housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778. Vat Phra Keo still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country.

The Patousay on Lane Xang Avenue is a large monument reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris . Its architecture incorporates typical Lao motifs. From the top one can have a panoramic view of the entire city.

Vat Sisaket is the oldest temple of Vientiane , which has survived in its original fomi. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves.

At Vat Ong Teu resides the Buddhist Institute where monks can study their religion under the guidance of senior instructors.

Revolutionary Museum , housed in an impressive French colonial building. The museum pays tribute to the sacrifices of the Lao People in freeing the country from colonial rule. The upstairs galleries feature photographs, artifacts and old weapons from the revolution, as well as maps, paintings and dioramas.

Downstairs holds an archaeological display and exhibits about modern Laos.

Vat Xieng Khouane ( Buddha Park ): the park is in pleasant and it's a religious culture park located by the Mekong River 24 kilometers down river from Vientiane .

Features include an enormous concrete reclining Buddha, and a three-tiered model of heaven, earth and hell which visitors may climb through.Hours: 08.00-16.30. 

Weaving Village: A halfday excursion of South Vientiane , where you can see the breeding of the silkworms in most of the houses and traditional weaving. Tour ends with a visit to the Buddha Park near Thadeua, the border crossing point with Thailand and the National Ethnic Park beside the Friendship Bridge.