Vientiane City Orientation Walk, Vientiane

Vientiane City Orientation Walk, Vientiane
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The capital of Laos, Vientiane, is a lovely city, the history of which is reflected in its old temples, each with its own legend, memorial monuments, garden squares and colonial buildings. Vienetiane is in the heart of the Buddhist world. This has ensured the presence of numerous Buddhist temples and shrines that compose the bulk of the city’s landmarks. Take this self-guided tour to visit the city’s most popular attractions.

Vientiane City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Vientiane City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Laos » Vientiane (See other walking tours in Vientiane)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Author: sabrina
Mekong River

1) Mekong River

Vientiane, as all of Lao's major cities, is situated on the Mekong River which forms the lifeline of the country. Vientiane is the hub for all travel in the country. The beach is clean and attracts many visitors to enjoy a voyage on the river and admire the sightseeing of the...   view more
Wat Chanthaburi

2) Wat Chanthaburi

Wat Chanthaburi or Wat Chan is a magnificent Buddhist temple built in the middle of the 16th century. It was destroyed during the Siam invasion of 1928, but has since undergone numerous restorations. The temple is highly rated because of its elaborate decorative features such as carved wood designs, as well as for the well-known huge seated Buddha sculpture made of bronze in the 16th century. The image is said to have survived numerous...   view more
Wat Inpeng

3) Wat Inpeng

Wat Inpeng Voraamahavihanh or “Temple of the Incarnation of Indra” is another symbol of the city and a prominent religious landmark. According to legend, it was founded in the 3rd century, when Indra arrived to the area to aid local artists in creating the image of Buddha. However, historical records confirm that the construction of the temple occurred in the 16th century. The main highlight of the temple is its rich decorations with carved wood frescoes and a mosaic façade. Statues and...   view more
Wat Ong Teu

4) Wat Ong Teu

Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan (Temple of the Heavy Buddha) is one of many Buddhist Monasteries that are present in the city of Vientiane. This name is given to the temple due to the large, bronze Phra Ong Teu Buddha image that is present within the temple: the largest Buddha in Vientiane.

This temple was initially constructed by King Settathirat I in the 16th century (known as the golden age of Buddhism in Laos) when Laos was being bombarded by the Burmese, but was later demolished during a foreign...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wat Mixai

5) Wat Mixai

Wat Mixai is another beautiful temple known for its ornate blue mosaic designs. Niak, or a giant guardian, stands on both sides of the beautiful gate welcoming the visitors. The colourful façade of the temple is decorated with gold coated wooden carvings designed in the finest traditions of Laotian architectural splendour. The temple’s main highlight is a series of old Chinese funeral stupas found along the sim or main hall. It is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance to the temple is on...   view more
Nam Phou Square

6) Nam Phou Square (must see)

Nam Phou Square is the city’s meeting place, hub and popular tourist spot. Decorated with floral arrangements, Nam Phou has been the icon of Vientiane for many years. There are numerous cafes and restaurants surrounding the square which is crowned by a beautiful fountain. It is a great place for a morning coffee or an evening walk. Tuk tuk drivers gather here in numbers, making the square a good place to start your tour of the...   view more
That Dam

7) That Dam (must see)

That Dam, known as ‘Black Stupa’, is a large ancient landmark situated in the heart of the city. The legend that has been feeding the imagination of locals for years says it was once coated with gold that was carted off after the Siam invasion. This mythological structure is also said to have been protected by seven Naga creatures who managed to withstand the armies of Siam despite giving up the gold. Today Laos’ oldest temple is crumbling and growing with moss and weed, which somehow adds...   view more
Presidential Palace

8) Presidential Palace

Situated on Lane Xang Street, Presidential Palace was originally built for the French colonial governor. It has also served as the residence of the royal family during the brief Laos monarchy reign. Today, the two-storey Beaux Arts mansion is mainly used for official government meetings and ceremonies. Presidential Palace’s important historical significance and elegant façade insured its place among the top landmarks of the...   view more
Sacre Coeur Catholic Church

9) Sacre Coeur Catholic Church

Sacre Coeur Catholic Church is the largest church in Vientiane. Located at Mission Street (Rue de la Mission), it represents a colonial Romanesque, rather simplistic structure, built in 1928 and recently renovated, in 2005. The church belongs to the Vicariate Apostolic of...   view more
Wat Si Muang

10) Wat Si Muang (must see)

Founded in 1566, Wat Si Muang, also known as Simuong, is another lovely Buddhist temple that is popular among both locals and visitors for its stunning bronze Buddha statues. The temple is famous for bringing good luck and wealth, particularly to those trying to have children. Wat Si Muang’s relatively modest construction is complemented beautifully by the elaborate wooden carvings and paintings. The temple is surrounded by ornate gates. Tourists willing to check out the altar and the rest of...   view more
Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise

11) Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (must see)

Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise provide visitors with a unique insight into some of the history of Lao. There are nice and very reasonable priced souvenirs and very creative and informative exhibitions. They have several excellent videos so visitors enjoy a lot watching all of...   view more
Nong Chan Water Park

12) Nong Chan Water Park

Nong Chan Water Park is a nice place more than a simple park or playground, usually providing attractions meant to cater to children, teenagers, and adults. It includes a small collection of rides and amusements for...   view more

13) Patuxai (must see)

Patuxai literally meaning Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph, formerly the Anousavary or Anosavari Monument known by the French as Monument Aux Morts) is a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, which was built between 1957 and 1968. Patuxai is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

In romanising the name from the Laotian language, it is variously transliterated as Patuxai, Patuxay, Patousai and Patusai. It is also given the name of Patuxai Arch or the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pha That Luang

14) Pha That Luang (must see)

Pha That Luang is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane. Since its initial establishment suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions until the 1930s due to foreign invasions to the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.

The architecture of the building includes many references to Lao culture and identity, and so has become a symbol of Lao nationalism. The stupa today...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lao Army Museum

15) Lao Army Museum

Lao Army Museum is located near the Ministry of Defence compound. The entrance is decorated with sculptures depicting workers’ revolutionary struggle. Opened in 1976, the museum showcases a wide collection of artefacts and photographs about the Lao People's Army, starting from the 1950s, when the National Revolutionary Movement started, and describes its historical achievements. Outside the museum, some massive army machines are exposed, including a tank. Opening hours: 8 am – 11 am, 2...   view more


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