10 Things to Do in Vientiane That You Shouldn't Miss

Vientiane is the capital and largest city in Laos. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is a city steeped in legend and history. The city is the home of the massive gilded stupa, Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Laos. The streets are lined with trees, French colonial buildings, street markets, Buddhist temples, and noodle shops. Just outside the city is Buddha Park, a garden littered with over 200 cement sculptures depicting the gods and monsters of Buddhist and Hindu myth.

1. COPE Visitor Centre

Boulevard Khouvieng | National Rehabilitation Centre, Vientiane 0100, Laos Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 2321 reviews

COPE Visitor Centre

Reviewed By Sotontraveller - Southampton, United KingdomSouthampton, United Kingdom

Very hard place to visit which will stay with you, possibly for ever

A must-do "attraction" for adults visiting Laos. This small, low key visitor centre shows the devastation brought about by the "secret war" the Americans waged on Laos when leaving Vietnam and dropping any remaining ordnance in the Laotian countryside. Th

2. Buddha Park

| Thanon Tha Deua, Vientiane, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Monuments & Statues
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4 based on 2202 reviews

Buddha Park

This sculpture park is a collection of hundreds if Buddhist and Hindu statues scattered around a meadow.

Reviewed By Sotontraveller - Southampton, United KingdomSouthampton, United Kingdom

Quirky and interesting

8 of us piled into two tuk tuks for the 45 minute rough (!) ride to this park. We had no idea what to expect which meant that when we arrived we were really delighted with the fun and interest the sculptures provided. Very unusual, multi-faith display of

3. Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

That Luang Road, Vientiane 0100, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites More
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4 based on 1458 reviews

Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

A 24-carat, 45-meter high Buddhist shrine.

Reviewed By 65frankt - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Spectacular Temple

Very impressive gold covered temple. It's quite large in size. Lots of historical artifacts scattered around. Would have been nice if there was English translations for the many foreigners. Well worth seeing.

4. Wat Si Saket

Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane, Vientiane 0100, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4 based on 1199 reviews

Wat Si Saket

This temple contains 6,840 Buddha images of gold, silver and bronze.

Reviewed By Dru G

Vacation

This is a truly great temple / Museum. The grounds are excellent together with the buildings fairly nicely looked after. It was quiet while we were their so it was peaceful. The buildings and also structure make for a selection of great picture opportunit

5. Patuxai

Vientiane, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues More
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4 based on 2604 reviews

Patuxai

The "Victory Gate" of the city was built in 1962 out of U.S.-purchased cement that was intended for a new airport.

Reviewed By murrpark - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Worth visiting if passing by

Nothing special and even the official signage admits it was not finished and it’s a bit scruffy. The entrance to do the climb is very cheap but the views aren’t special

6. Wat Si Muang

Vientiane, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4 based on 231 reviews

Wat Si Muang

Reviewed By David B - Rayong, ThailandRayong, Thailand

Interesting Legends

This colourful temple was constructed in 1563, in what was then the Kingdom of Lan Xang.It was built on the ruins of a Khmer era Hindu temple, and you can see some remains of this behind the ordination hall.I have read of a legend that pregnant women were

7. Mekong Riverside Park

By the Mekong River, Vientiane 0100, Laos Nature & Parks
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4 based on 704 reviews

Mekong Riverside Park

Reviewed By David B - Rayong, ThailandRayong, Thailand

Highlight of Vientiane

Vientiane is a laid back city, with a limited amount of sightseeing for the average tourist. But for me, one of the major attractions is the park and promenade that run for a couple of kilometers alongside the Mekong.In early morning and the evening the p

8. Lao Textile Museum

| Ban Nongtha Tai, Vientiane, Laos Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Lao Textile Museum

Reviewed By escapedtoThailand - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Don't miss this ! Fascinating.

A short tuk-tuk ride from the centre of town (120,000 Gip return). There are displays of dyeing and weaving techniques set in some beautiful traditional wooden Lao houses and a small selection of beautiful items are for sale. Appears to be off the radar f

9. Vientiane Night Market

Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane 0100, Laos Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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3.5 based on 382 reviews

Vientiane Night Market

Reviewed By Travelling_SE_Asia - Wheathampstead, United KingdomWheathampstead, United Kingdom

A Huge, Diverse Market

I love a Market in South East Asia. They just seem to do it much better than in the U.K. This is a huge market next to the Mekong River selling all sorts of items from street food, t-shirts to souvenirs and the usual tat tourists tend to buy in bulk - exc

10. Vat that Khao

Rue Nongbone | along Fa Ngum Quay, across the road from the Royal Park and Don Chan Palace, Vientiane 0100, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4 based on 194 reviews

Vat that Khao

Reviewed By vamsally - Seattle, WashingtonSeattle, Washington

worth a walk around

There's a large are where monks (both male and female) congregate for resting and staying while there is a festival or traveling. This statue is little off to the side and worth a visit. The whole complex is not super interesting.

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