This laid-back city is unlike any other Asian capital. Development has been slow and the pace of life is even slower. Vientiane has managed to maintain its peaceful charm where other regional capitals have sold their soul.
There is not a lot to see in terms of actual sights – you can see almost the entire city on foot in a day. It is well worth it if only to witness the relaxed atmosphere.
The principal places of interest are the temples of Wat That Luang and the Patuxai, a Laotian building resembling Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe! It was built in 1969 with US purchased cement allegedly to be used for the construction of a new airport. Known to many as “Victory Monument” it honours those who lost their lives at war. You can embark on a reasonably easy climb to the top and if the structural design does not seize your attention, the panorama at the summit undoubtedly will, on a clear day you can see for many miles in each direction.
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