Vientiane, Laos: An Adventure Awaits at These 8 Must-See Attractions [Update]

If any you traveler have never heard about this under developed country, you may surprise that there are so many destinations in the capital city of Laos – Vientiane to discover. Here they are.

1. Pha That Luang


Pha That Luang is a Buddhist Stupa, considered as a national symbol of the country. The temple has a long and rich history, having been built in the 3rd century as a Hindu temple and later converted to a Buddhist temple in the 16th century.

It is located in the city center of Vientiane so it‘s easily accessible by taxi or tuk-tuk. When visiting the pagoda, you can expect to see the golden exterior of the stupa, which is particularly stunning when the sun shines on it. Besides, it’s worth seeing the surrounding grounds, which include several smaller stupas. All of these related to the history and cultural significance of Pha That Luang.

Travel tip: You should spend at least 30 minutes to an hour visiting Pha That Luang. Exploring in the morning or late afternoon is best done when the sun is not too strong and the stupa is beautifully lit by the golden rays of the sun.

2. Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket is one of the oldest and most important holy landmark for Buddhists in Laos and is regarded as one of the country’s most sacred temples. This temple is rich in history and cultural significance, making it a must-see destination for tourists.

Wat Si Saket in Vientiane, Laos
Wat Si Saket in Vientiane, Laos

There are various Buddha sculptures and figures throughout the temple, as well as an ordination hall with a flowery ceiling. You can also witness multiple Buddha pictures at an altar, making the temple a one-of-a-kind and captivating tourist site.

Wat Si Saket is accessible to tourists since it is located in the center of Vientiane. You can easily reach the temple by taking a tuk-tuk or taxi from your hotel. It is open daily for visitors and there is no admission fee to enter the temple grounds.

When visiting Wat Si Saket, you should spend around 30 minutes to an hour touring the temple grounds and exploring its various structures. It’s better when you choose a private tour with a local guide, then you can broaden your overview of Lao culture.

Travel tip: You should dress respectfully and remove your shoes before entering any of the buildings. Bringing a camera to capture the beauty and cultural significance of the temple is a must.

3. Buddha Park

Embark on a journey of cultural and spiritual discovery as you visit Buddha Park, one of the most unique and breathtaking attractions in Vientiane, Laos. At Buddha Park, you will be transported back in time to witness the ancient religious beliefs and practices of the region. You’ll be in awe as you walk amongst towering statues and intricate carvings. Don’t miss the large reclining Buddha, symbolizing the moment of enlightenment, and the impressive cycle of life.

The park can access quickly and takes a short time from the city center. During wandering around here, you will broaden the overview of the cultural significance of each sculpture.

Travel tip: When visiting, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning sights.

4. Patuxay Monument

Patuxay, also known as Victory Gate, was built to commemorate Laotian soldiers who died during the struggle for independence from France.

Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos
Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai is a symbol of Laotian nationalism and is considered one of the most important landmarks in the country. It is located in the center of Vientiane, close to many other tourist attractions, and easily accessible by foot or by tuk-tuk. There is a small admission fee to enter the arch and climb to the top, but the view from the top is well worth it.

Travel tip: Visiting Patuxai early in the morning or late in the afternoon is recommended to avoid the heat and crowds.
Be prepared to climb several flights of stairs to reach the top of the arch, but the views of the city are worth the effort.

5. Laos National Museum

This cultural and historical building gives tourists images of Laos from the beginning of the country to its Independence. Visitors will surely find this museum interesting with dinosaur bones, sandstone sculptures old Hindu god Shiva to machine guns, and black and white photos of old guerrillas fighting U.S backed troops before the Independence.

The Lao National Museum is a hidden treasure located in the center of Vientiane. This museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the unique history and culture of Laos with visitors. With exhibitions covering everything from ancient kingdoms to the modern era, including the communist revolution and independence from France. A visit to the Lao National Museum is a journey through time that you won’t forget.

Whether you’re a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or just someone who loves to learn new things, the Lao National Museum is a must-visit destination. And, with its central location and reasonable admission fee, there’s no excuse not to stop by. So, take a step back in time and discover the beauty, wonder, and rich history of Laos at the Lao National Museum.

6. COPE Visitor Centre

Visiting the COPE Visitor Centre is an eye-opening and heart-wrenching experience. This museum is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring Laotian life. Watching the exhibits transports you through the history of UXO in Laos and the ongoing efforts to clear this dangerous legacy of war.

You’ll hear firsthand accounts from survivors to know more about UXO clearance efforts and discover the critical works being made to assist those affected by this ongoing problem. It serves as a potent reminder of the devastation caused by war.

cope visit centre in Vientiane, Luang Prabang

Whether you’re a history buff, a humanitarian, or simply someone who wants to learn more about the world, the COPE Visitor Centre is a must-visit destination. With its central location and reasonable admission fee, there’s no excuse not to stop by. So, bring your heart and your empathy, and be prepared to be moved by the tragic but important story of UXO in Laos at the COPE Visitor Centre.

7. Vientiane Night Market 

The Vientiane Night Market is a vibrant and bustling destination that brings you the best of Laos’ rich culture and traditions. This night market is a must-visit if you’re looking to experience real Laos.
As you discover the market, you’ll have the opportunity to try some of Laos’ delicious street food. From steaming-hot noodle soups to fresh fruit shakes, there’s something for everyone. And, for shopaholics, the Vientiane Night Market is a treasure trove of unique and beautiful items. From traditional textiles and handmade crafts to jewelry and souvenirs, you’re sure to find something special to take home with you.

Vientiane Night Market

Travel tip: The night market is open from dusk until late, so you can visit at any time that suits you. When you come, be sure to bring plenty of cash as many vendors do not accept credit cards. Additionally, be prepared to haggle and to have some fun! The vendors at the Vientiane Night Market are friendly and love to chat, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation.

8. That Dam

That Dam, which means the black stupa in Lao, is an imposing and mysterious landmark.  All bricks crumbling, all the place being covered with moss and weeds creates a curious and fascinating sight.

That Dam in Vientiane, Laos
That Dam in Vientiane, Laos

Now do you agree with me that this city deserves to be in your travel list? Laos travel always welcome you!

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