Laos: Things to See and Do in Vientiane (Tourist Attractions)

Are you planning a vacation trip to Laos? If you are, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the country’s largest city and capital, Vientiane. Vientiane has been Laos’ capital since 1563. The city’s name is derived from the Pali language which means City of Sandalwood. Vientiane enjoys a year round tropical climate, with an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius.


To ensure that you have a truly wonderful time in Vientiane, here are the top four must see attractions in the city.

Pha That Luang:

You would miss a lot if you visited Vientiane without going to see Pha That Luang. Pha That Luang is a Buddhist Stuppa that is glazed completely in gold. It is one of the oldest monuments in the country and was built in the 3rd century. The monument is built in a pyramid shape and is quite an awesome structure to behold. The people of Laos value Pha That Luang’s rich history. As a result, Pha That Luang is Laos’ national symbol.

Patuxai:

Located in the heart of Vientiane, Patuxai is a war monument that was built to commemorate individuals who fought for the country’s freedom from France. The monument features four towers overlooking four pools. Patuxai is decorated with mythical creatures and also features pictures of the country’s heroes and heroines within the towers.

Wat Si Mung:

The temple was built in 1563 and is hailed as the best temple in South East Asia. If you’ve been experiencing nothing but bad luck, Wat Si Mung is the ideal place to visit, as many Buddhists believe that the temple has good luck powers. Visitors to the temple should make a wish and also make a promise to return if the wish comes true. Promises are often made in the form of candles, coconuts or money. Ensure that you fulfil your promise by returning with your gift and undo your string of bad luck.

Buddha Park:

The Buddha Park is one of the most popular attractions in Vientiane. The construction of the park was initiated in 1958 and features 200 Buddhist and Hindu Statues. The statues are made from ornate and reinforced concrete. One of the most popular statues in Buddha Park resembles a giant pumpkin, which features three levels representing earth, heaven and hell. The statues in the park seem to be centuries old, so don’t be fooled during your visit because they are not as old as they look.

Vientiane is a city that embraces its Buddhist culture. As a result, a vast majority of the city’s attractions have some relation to the religion. Even if you are not a Buddhist, these attractions will still appeal to you, be it the awesomeness of the structure, the history, or the story behind it. You can experience Vientiane at its best by visiting these unique and unforgettable sites during your vacation.

October 21, 2013