Vientiane: Exploring the Capital City


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Vientiane is a more a small village than a bustling city. It has a serene and relaxed vibe to it. I came across several attractions which makes it the ideal place to spend your weekend prior to heading off to the other parts of the country. The natural beauty and galore of Buddhist temples make it a must-visit destination. Here are some things that you can do when you are in Vientiane.

Check Out the Patuxai Victory Monument

It was my first stop in the city. It is one of the most well-known landmarks. The structure has been designed to resemble Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. I found the structure to be carved with Hindu symbols. You will come across 5 towers that resemble the makings of Laotian buildings. I loved walking through this serene area. Climbing to the top of the monument, I caught a glimpse across Vientiane.

Drop in at Xieng Khuan

About 25 kilometers outside the city, you are going to find Xieng Khuan. It is also known as Buddha Park. What surprised me was that this place harbors over 200 religious statues which are strewn over the green field. The piece to watch out for is the 40 meters high Buddha which had been created by a monk in 1958. The sculpture of Indra, the kind of Hindu God, is also quite unique.

Marvel at Wat Ho Phra Keo

It is a Buddhist temple I found in the city. This structure is simply spectacular. It has become popular since it used to be the place that had statues of Emerald Buddha that had been stolen from Laotian royalty of Thailand prior to being retaken in the year 1778 and then being returned. The temple is quite pretty in itself. It was worth a visit.