Learn more about Laos’s capital. What? What capital? Yes, we meant Vientiane. This small town is the country’s capital city. Pretty laid back and relaxing for one if you think about it. That’s what makes a tour here so special. You won’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle that is normally associated with Southeast Asia’s big cities. In fact, what we are more worried about is that the relaxed mood and atmosphere will set you on a trance that may be hard for you to get out of.
Touring the city can be done in several ways. Either inside of a car or van or by bicycle. It is up to you, but if you would like to soothe in the environment, we suggest bike. Plus, it is good exercise. Anyways, let us explore this small town capital.
First up is Wat Sisaket, the oldest standing temple in Vientiane. The temple actually shares Thai architectural designs, which ironically, saved it from Siamese invaders in 1827. It is certainly one of the most striking temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.
Next up is Wat Phra Keo. If you’re wondering why this temple sounds so familiar, it’s because there is a temple of the same name in Bangkok’s Grand Palace complex. The one in Bangkok is the current home of the Emerald Buddha while the one here is the former home of the revered image. It is also a religious museum, displaying a nice collection of Lao and Khmer art. Nearby is the Presidential Palace. You are not allowed inside, but you are more than welcome to gaze at it and wonder about the town’s colonial past
Size sometimes doesn’t matter! Wat Si Muang may be smaller than its temple brethrens, but it is one of the most popular ones in town. Why? Well, it is believed that if you circle its Angkorian-era pillar three times and make a wish, it will come true.
The Balck Stupa; the name itself warrants a check out. Believe it or not, the structure was once glittering with gold, but was scrapped off by the same invaders who left Wat Sisaket standing amidst the turmoil.
Another influence from the country’s colonial time is evident in Patuxai, sometimes referred to Laos’ Arc de Triomphe. The palm tree parks around the monument make it a pleasant place to hang out. And finally, who can forget Vientiane’s and Laos’ most iconic and spiritual monument, Phra That Luang. The building’s design includes many references to Lao culture and identity, and so has become a symbol of Lao nationalism.
So, now you are familiar with Laos’ capital. But that’s not all. In depth excursions in Vientiane and other Lao sites are available in our Lao day trips. Find what you like and combine it with our Laos tours for a truly memorable experience.
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