Vientiane Journals

Visiting Vientiane

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A travel journal to Vientiane by catsholiday

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa) Photo, Vientiane, Laos More Photos
Quote: As part of our trip to Laos we had a couple of days in the capital city of Vientiane

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa)

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Attraction | "A Truly Great Stupa"

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa) Photo, Vientiane, Laos
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We spent a couple of very wet days in Vientiane when we were in Laos and during one of the days we visited a number of stupas and temples and this was one we carried our umbrellas to visit. This is the most important national monument in Laos and so you could not really come to Vientiane and not visit this site.Initially we had to cross a huge empty square that looked a bit like a very clean car park but I assume it is used for parades and large groups of people gathering on high days and holidays. We walked across this huge empty area and on the way took a few photos. We had to pay to enter and this is a sort of museum as well as the stupa being a significant religious site....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2013

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa)
Pha That Luang Plaza
Vientiane

Ho Phra Keo

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Attraction | "Not as old as it looks"

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Ho Phra KeoThanon Settathirat, VientianeThis temple Ho Phra Keo was originally called "Wat Phra Keo" which means "Temple of the Emerald Buddha" as it was the original home of this famous Buddha image which was stolen by Laotians from the Thais in 1551 and then retaken by the Thais in 1778 and now lives in the temple in Bangkok. It is now called "Ho Phra Keo" which means "Altar of the Emerald Buddha" as sadly that is all that remains of the Emerald Buddha here.OPENING TIMES AND PRICEThis temple is open from Monday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM and then again from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PMThe price is 2000 kip for locals and 5000 kip for foreign visitors and I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2012

Ho Phra Keo
Setthathirat Road
Vientiane, Laos

Wat Si Saket

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Attraction | "Saved by its beauty "

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Adress: Cnr Th. Lan Xang and Th. SetthathiratAdmission price: about 35p (2000kip for locals and 500kip for foreigners)Opening times : 8am – noon then 1pm -4pmWhile we were in Vientiane we visited several temples and after a while despite the fact they are all really beautiful you do begin to get ‘templed out’. This temple does stand out from the others because of its age and the sheer number of Buddha statues within the temple.This is in fact the oldest temple in Vientiane built in 1818 by Chao Anuvong, the last king of the Lan Xang Kingdom, in 1818.It was built in the Thai style as at this time Laos was a vassal of Siam. Fortunately the temple was spared in the ran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2012

Wat Si Saket
Lane Xang Road
Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai Monument/Victory Gate

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Attraction | "It still is not quite finished"

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Patuxai This is a sort of triumphal gate or arch way a little like the l’Arc du Triomphe in Paris and is ranked as number 17 of 115 things to do or see while in Vientiane, Laos. The arch like monument known as Patuxai is at the end Lang Xang Avenue which runs from Herkam palace to the That Luang Stupa and this road is also sometimes called "the Champs Elysees of Vientiane".The monument is open from 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri and then to 5pm Sat-Sun and it costs the tiny amount of $0.30 US to visit so well worth making the effort.This monument Patuxai literally translated means Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph. Patuxai broken down is two words, ‘Patuu’ or ‘patu’ means "door" or "g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2012

Patuxai Monument/Victory Gate
End of the Grand Lang Xang Avenue
Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 212 251

Baci Ceremony in Laos

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Baci Ceremony, VientianeWe were invited to take part in our own Baci Ceremony while we were in Vientiane. Prior to our own ceremony I knew nothing about what happened or why they had the ceremonies.In Laos a Baci ceremony is carried out for both sad and happy events so it might be for a marriage, a birth of a child, a funeral/death, a welcome home, before or after major exams and before a long journey could all be reasons for a Baci ceremony.There is no specific day or time for a Baci ceremony but just before noon or sunset appears to be a preferred time. The idea of the ceremony is a calling of the soul or in Laos "su kwan" also spelt ‘sou khuan’ .Kwan...Read More

Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan)

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Attraction | "What an amazingly weird and wonderful park!"

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Sala Xieng Khuan The rather odd place is also known as the Spirit City Temple or Buddha Park and is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is about a forty minute drive out of Vientiane and 25km south the last part of the journey is along a bit of a dirt road which was made worse for us because it was pouring with rain.The park is open daily between 8am and 6pm so plenty of opportunity to get there and the entrance fee 2000 kip which is about 15p so really you do get great value.We arrived at the park and had the choice of going in and coping with the tropical downpour or huddling under a shop front looking at a few statues and then going off without seeing most o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2012

Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan)
25 Km SE from Vientiane
Vientiane, Laos

Kualao Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Laos Kitchen"

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Kualao Restaurant141 Samsenthai Road VientianeWe had a really different Laos meal at lunch time in this restaurant. The name means Laos Kitchen and it prides itself it producing quality and authentic Laos food. The restaurant is open from 11:00am - 10:30pm every day and offers both a la carte menus and set meals. The restaurant is actually a restored colonial mansion. It is a restaurant that caters for tourists, expats and local diners with a bit more money than the average Laos resident might have. It claims to produce ‘Lao cuisine prepared and served to International standards at reasonable prices.’ I understand from our guide that the food is a bit cheaper at lu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2012

Kualao Restaurant
111 Samsenthai Road
Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 214 813

Sala Nong Chan at Lao Green Park

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Restaurant | "Fab Food"

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This was an older style boutique hotel and only two storeys high. All the rooms appeared to have a pool view as there were built around the pool and pond. Each room had a small balcony or patio with a couple of chairs looking out over this central area. we had two nights here and ate in the restaurant on both nights and for one breakfast.The restaurant was in the main building and up some outside stairs. this was fine when it wasn't raining but when it poured down these did get quite wet and become slippery which was a bit dangerous .The restaurant was very tastefully decorated with large picture windows looking down across the pond and pool. The other side had a patio w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2012

Sala Nong Chan at Lao Green Park
12 Khouvieng Road
Vientiane, Laos

Green Park Boutique Hotel Vientiane

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Hotel | "Garden in the bathroom too"

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This hotel was a little way out of the city and would have been a pretty good walk but the hotel did offer a shuttle service.Once again this was an older style hotel and only two storeys high. All the rooms appeared to have a pool view as there were built around the pool and pond. Each room had a small balcony or patio with a couple of chairs looking out over this central area.FIRST IMPRESSIONSAs you turn off the road into the hotel grounds the car park and area look okay but nothing special. There is a sliding gate with a security guard there day and night. When we left at 4am he did look half asleep as he slid the gate open for us.RECEPTIONA larg...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2012

Green Park Boutique Hotel Vientiane
12 Khouvieng Road
Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 264097