Here are the top 23 tourist attractions to see in Vientiane:

1. Pha That Luang

4.5 /5

0 km
from city center
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places to visit in Vientiane

This is one of the most sacred sites of this place. The stupa placed in this temple was established in the year 1566 when the capital was moved from Luang Prabhang to Vientian.

2. Wat Ong Theu

4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

This temple was built in 16th century however was destroyed in the year 1827. This was again restored and is now known to be an important centre of buddhist studies.

3. Haw Phra Kaew

4.2 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

This place is known to be named after the statue it once had. This temple which was built in the year 1565 is something you would love.

4. Lao Textile Museum

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
4 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

This museum located in the city of Lao is one of the foremost places where exquisite textiles are displayed to the visitors.

5. National Lao Museum

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
5 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

This two storeyed building present in Lao is known to contain many of the artifacts related to the history of this place. Built in 1985 this place is a must visit for history lovers.

6. Patuxai

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
6 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

Patuxai is a monumental gate located in the heart of the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is dedicated to the martyrs who died in the Independence movement from French and WWII in Laos. Patuxai is an important landmark of Laos and is a popular stop for tourists visiting Vientiane who come to enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the top of this gate.

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7. Buddha National Park

3.7 /5

16 km
from city center
7 out of 23
places to visit in Vientiane

Buddha National Park provides you something interesting as well as unique. You should definitely visit this location if you are looking for something fun.

8. Vientiane Night Market

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places to visit in Vientiane

The night market in Vientiane, Laos is located at Chao Anouvong park on the banks of the Mekong River. It is a famous daily market among the locals and tourists, which is known for souvenirs, handicrafts and other items. For travelers, it is worth visiting this night market while exploring Vientiane for shopping and getting to know local culture.

9. COPE Visitor Centre

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places to visit in Vientiane

COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is a non-profit organization located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is a rehabilitation centre and works with organizations around the country to nurture and support all those have been affected by landmine explosions, especially those who have lost limbs. They provide prosthetic care and medical facilities to the affected people in Laos, especially children, youth and the old.

10. Lao National Museum

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The Lao National Museum is located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It houses the history of Laos and elaborate details of the events that shaped the history of this country. It is one of the attractions worth exploring for tourists visiting Vientiane to get to know and understand the rich history and culture of Laos.

11. Phou Khao Khouay National Park

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places to visit in Vientiane

Phou Khao Khouay is a protected national park located close to the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is an enormous reserve area consisting of mountain ranges, sandstone cliffs, rivers, waterfalls and lakes along with being home to rich wildlife in SE Asia. If you enjoy trekking amidst mountains, cycling and swimming amidst waterfalls, it is recommended to take a day trip to Phou Khao Khouay on your visit to Vientiane.

12. Nam Ngum Reservoir

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places to visit in Vientiane

The Nam Ngum Reservoir is a hydroelectric dam located on the Nam Ngum river close to the capital city Vientiane in Laos. It was the first hydroelectric dam built in the country on the Nam Ngum, which is a tributary of the Mekong. It is a recommended half-day attraction for tourists visiting Vientiane to take boat trips on the river, which also takes through local villages and sunset viewpoints.

13. Lao Textile Museum

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places to visit in Vientiane

The Lao Textile Museum is a private collection of beautiful antique textiles located close to the city centre of Vientiane in Laos. It is known for the unique collection of silk fabrics, woven by hand and produced by some of the most remote ethnic groups in Laos. If you like textiles, materials and want to know the history of silk weaving in Laos, you'll love this place. It is recommended to add the Lao textile museum to your list of places while traveling in Vientiane.

14. Pha That Luang

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places to visit in Vientiane

Pha That Luang or the Great Stupa is a sacred Buddhist site located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. This large golden stupa is the most revered religious site in the country. This historical monument is a national icon and is found in the currency of Laos. It is also believed to be the most ancient site in Laos, dating to 307 BC. Pha That Luang is one of the must-visit top attractions for tourists visiting Vientiane.

15. Wat Si Saket

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places to visit in Vientiane

Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist temple located in the old town of Vientiane in Laos. It is the oldest temple in the city. The temple is known for its unique architecture as it is the only temple from the 18th century to survive the Siam and Chinese invasions. It is recommended to visit Wat Si Saket to witness the rich history which are presented through the collections in a museum located in the temple premises.

16. Wat Si Muang

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places to visit in Vientiane

Wat Si Muang is a Buddhist temple and a monastery located in the city of Vientiane in Laos. It is home to Lák Méuang, the city pillar, which represents the day the town was established. Despite its small size, Wat Si Muang is very popular among the locals and is crowded most of the times. It is believed that this temple brings luck and grants prayers. It is recommended to visit Wat Si Muang to witness the local tradition and the ancient history of this temple.

17. That Dam

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places to visit in Vientiane

That Dam is a large stupa, located in the city centre of Vientiane, Laos. The stupa is one of the historical landmarks in the city and is a popular tourist attraction in Vientiane. It is enroute to many popular attractions in the town including Patuxai monument. The stupa is believed to be a Buddhist temple or a place containing the ashes one of the former kings of Laos as the history of the memorial is still unclear.

18. Mekong Riverside Park

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places to visit in Vientiane

The Mekong Riverside Park is a green park located along the Mekong River in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset over the river as you get excellent views of the skyline. The park is one of the famous landmarks for locals who hang out on weekends and holidays. You can see many cyclists, joggers, skaters, street artists and musicians in the evenings. It is worth visiting for tourists in Vientiane to enjoy an evening here along the river feeling the cool breeze. There is a statue of the King of Laos and a small pool in the park. It is also close to Vientiane night market, which happens on the road parallel to this park, along the promenade. There are many stalls on the street for food and drinks. These food stalls are set up in the park area every evening after sunset. Most people spend the night in the park picnicking having dinner and drinks after watching the sunset.

19. Lao People's Army Museum

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places to visit in Vientiane

Lao People's Army Museum or The Lao Museum of Military History is located in Phonkheng village, in Xaysettha district close to the city of Vientiane in Laos. The museum houses collection from the revolutionary period in Laos from the 1950s to the formation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975. If you are interested in the war history of Laos, the museum is worth visiting on your trip to Vientiane.

20. Tad Moun Waterfalls

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places to visit in Vientiane

Tad Moun is a waterfall located outside the city of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It is a small seasonal waterfall known for hiking trails and cycling around the region and is a popular excursion among tourists visiting Vientiane for some adventure and watersports.

21. Vientiane City Pillar Shrine

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Vientiane City Pillar is a small sacred shrine located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It symbolises the foundation of the town and is a holy place of worship for the locals. The city pillar shrine was completed in 2012, and now it is maintained by the department of Information Ministry of tourism and culture. It was constructed in this place as more than 400 pieces of the ancient stone pillar from the 5th century were found here. The pillar made the foundation of the city of Vientiane. It is a sacred place for locals who come to worship and seek good luck. They pray by placing flowers, fruits and incense on the pillar and wish for prosperity. Traditional ceremonies and rituals are held in this shrine on auspicious Buddhist days.

22. Wat Sok Pa Luang

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Wat So Pak Luang is a small Buddhist temple located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is a retreat centre and houses monks in the living quarters who learn Buddhism here. Wat So Pak Luang is a popular attraction among the tourists visiting Vientiane for the traditional Laos massage, sauna and meditation classes. It is worth checking out the temple to experience the unique massage and sauna that can be booked by directly walking in.

23. Lao Bowling Centre

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places to visit in Vientiane

The Lao bowling centre is located in the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is one of the few places open after midnight in the city, and hence it is a popular hangout place for tourists who want to drink and have fun after most of the bars and restaurants in the town close around 11:30 PM every night. It is a famous place for local families and friends as well to gather and have fun.

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