Local Attractions

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Sightseeing in Vientiane

Explore the many local attractions of Vientiane at your own pace, making the most of your time in one of the world’s quietest capital cities, far from the hustle and bustle of  an urban metropolis. Visit some of the city’s most popular sites, including the Wat Sisaket Temple, Presidential Palace, and vibrant Night Markets. Further options are listed below.

Pha That Luang: The great golden stupa, the symbol of Vientiane and Laos pride. The large gold-covered Buddhist stupa is located in the centre of the City.

Patuxai: Patuxai (or Patouxay) is a war monument located in the centre of Vientiane. The locals call it the victory gate of Vientiane, its own Arc de Triomphe.

Haw Pha Kaeo Temple: Situated on Setthathirath Road, this is one of the most beautiful temples in the city of Vientiane, surrounded by gardens.

Wat Si Saket: This renowned Buddhist wat is located on the corner of Lan Xang Road and Setthathirat Road, northwest of Haw Phra Kaew, which formerly held the Emerald Buddha.

Wat Si Muang: A Buddhist temple, also known as Simuong. The locals refer to the temple as the central axis of the city – the point from which the Laotian capital first began to expand and grow.

Chao Anouvong Park: A scenic park with a riverside promenade, picnic areas and a night market of souvenir vendors.

Presidential Palace: Located on the banks of the Mekong River, this impressive building is the official residence of the President of Laos.

Night Markets: The city’s vibrant night markets are catered to tourists, with stalls selling Laotian merchandise ideal for souvenirs or mementos. It all begins around sunset, when local merchants gather to set-up their red-roofed stalls directly on the riverside promenade.