Laos - Attractions
Arch the Triumph (Patuxay)
This place gives you different sights on the green city. This commemoration, imitate after the Parisian Arc de Triomphe, was construct in reflections of all war victims. In addition valuable national mark is the That Luang temple or Royal Stupa. It marks from the 16th century and represents Buddhist and Lao merge. Pay a visit to the Lao Revolutionary Museum and Wat Ho Phakeo, a previous royal temple. Wat Sisaket is one of the regions oldest temples and houses hundreds of small Buddha images. The Buddha Park is situated 24km (15mi) farther town, showing spectacular Buddhist and Hindu buildings. The National Ethnic Cultural Park or Suan Vatthana Tham display heroes of Laos and also have a small zoo.
Xieng Khouang or Garden of Statues
Sacred sculptures of Buddha images and Hindu gods. This awesome park is situated near the coast of the Mekong River and it’s about a 25-minute drive from Vientiane. Xieng Khoung is a work of a monk, who contemplates to amalgamate different religions.
Wat Ho Prakeo
Situated alongside to the Presidential Palace, this temple was solely used by the former Lao royal family. Previously, the temple was the haven of the Emerald Buddha. It was taken by the Thais in 1778 and now inhabit in Bangkok.
The That Luang
A sanctuary or Royal Stupa is the most legendary milestone of Vientiane. It was built in 1566 and rebuild in 1935. The golden stupa is consider containing an antiquity of the Lord Buddha and is located 3km (2mi) north of the middle of the city.
The Lao Revolutionary Museum
Housed in a huge French colonial building and shows a compilation of relics, photographs, and paintings of the history of the Lao People’s Revolution. The English rewording of the photo explanations are frequently not done on purpose humorous.
The Victory Monument or Patuxay
Located in the center of Vientiane is The Patuxay. The Arch of Triumph, or Victory Gate, was constructed in 1958 at the north end of Lan Xang Avenue. As you will see, the designed was without any doubt inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and beautify with typical Lao motifs. During the day, the monument can be climbed and makes a wonderful advantage point of the city.
The Wat Sisaket
Is the solo temple in Vientiane that exist the discharge of the city by the Siamese in 1828. It is the oldest and most appealing wat in the country. In the hundreds of small place of the walls of the temple, you’ll find almost 7,000 Buddha images and old Buddhist massage dating from the 18th century.
The National Ethnic Cultural Park or Suan Vatthana Tham
Located 20km (13m) near the riverside from Vientiane. The park comprises vague paths, carvings of Lao particularly heroes and a small zoo. Tourist can also enjoy at the Mekong riverside and enjoy the appearance of the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.
The Morning Market
Allow tourist to find all types of different shops. It’s famous for jewelry, silver, relic, and Lao textiles. This is also a good place to foreign exchange. Outside there’s a food market with budget road restaurants.
Luang Prabang is popular as the seat of Lao culture. It houses old monasteries, common Indo-Chinese store houses, and lots of artwork shops. The town is surrounded by many types of unrefined beauty. It gives the tourist a wealth of tour opportunities. The city itself is a quite sleepy town with hundreds of amazing temples and old French houses. It’s one of the few remaining genuine towns in Southeast Asia. As a result Luang Prabang has been enumerating as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1995.
Wat Xiengthong or Golden City Temple
An achievement of Buddhist architecture impressing visitor’s tourist with its golden appearance and mural paintings is Golden City temple. It is located on the bank of the Mekong River and was used for the highest royal ceremonies and to meantime house the ashes of late kings. It’s likely the most beautiful monastery of Luang Prabang and symbolizes the typical Lao art style. Many old and interesting religious artifacts of the period between the 16th and the 20th centuries, and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art, can be find here.
The Wat Mai Temple
The Wat Mai Temple Was built in 1821 during the administration of King Manthatourath. It was once the home of the leader of the Buddhist ministry. The five-tiered roof is in the ethnic Luang Prabang style.
Lue village or Baan Lue
Lue Village is situated only 3km (2mi) from the center of Luang Prabang. It is popular for cotton and silk weaving, and some amazing hand-crafted souvenirs. The Lue people of Ban Phanom originally are from Sip Song Panna in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.
The Wat Visoun or Wat Wisunalat
The Wat Wisunalat was built around 1520. The phrabang, a fine gold Buddha image is the religious symbol of the Kingdom and it was hold as sacred last in 1874. In 1942, it was put into a Museum of Religious Arts, and housed accumulations of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the 14th century. Within its area stands the huge That Makmo (watermelon stupa), originally known as That Patum or Lotus Stupa, built in 1503.
The Khoung-Sy Waterfall
About 30km (19mi) from Luang Prabang, on a Mekong tributary is the Khoung-Sy Waterfall. In the nearby area live a number of Hmong hill tribes.
The Pak-Ou Caves
The most interesting place to visit outside the city is the Pak-Ou Caves. This is a highly admire underground religious building that houses thousands of Buddha images, some says more than 300 years old. These caves are in the stony walls of the Sandstone Mountains at the connections of the Ou River and the Mekong, some 25km (16mi) upriver from Luang Prabang.