Attractions in Vien Tiane


Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets.


The former royal temple of the Lao monarchy built in 1565 by King Setthathirat. It has been used as a museum since 1970 and the main structure, which originally housed Prakeo, the Emerald Buddha, and now containing some of the best examples of Buddhist sculptures found in Laos.

PATUXAI (Victory Gate)

A large monument in the style of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this huge arch at the end of Thanon Lan Xang has a stairway that leads to the top levels of the monument, providing a good view of the city.

PHA THAT LUANG (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa)

Built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, it is the most important national monument in Laos, functioning as a dual symbol of the Buddhist religion and the Lao nation.


The Morning Market - actually open all day,sells a wide range of fabrics, jewelry and electronic goods.


This temple is one of the most popularly used temple grounds in the city, as it contains the city pillar and acts as the home of Vientiane's guardian spirits.


Constructed in 1818 by King Anouvong in the early Bangkok style. Wat Si Saket is the oldest original temple in Vientiane, the only to survive from foreign invasion in 1828. Small niches carved in its interior walls contain more than 2,000 silver and ceramic Buddha images.