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Located: on a curve of the Mekong River.
Total area: 3,920 square kilometers.
Population: 610,000.
09 Districts: Chanthabouly, Sikhotabong, Xaysettha, Sisattanak, NaXaithong, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Sangthong and Parkngum.
Capital: Vientiane.

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In 1563, King Setthathirat made Vientiane (in Lao language Vieng Chan) the capital of the kingdom of Lane Xang . The two most important Wats of Vientiane, Wat That Luang and Wat Phra Keo date back to that time. In 1827 Vientiane had been conquered and sacked by a Siamese army. For decades the town lay in ruins, until the French, at the beginning of their colonial reign rebuilt it. However, Vientiane today does not feature French-influenced architecture to the same extent as Phnom Penh and Saigon . Instead there is a strong Thai influence. With barely half a Million inhabitants Vientiane is the smallest capital in Southeast Asia (except for Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei ).
Tourist Sites in Vientiane Capital
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa): This stupa, built in 1566 by King Saysetthathirath, is said to contain relics of the Lord Buddha himself and is the country's most cherished religious monument.
Laos largest Buddhist festival of the year is held here on the full moon of the 12th month of the Buddhist calendar.
Open daily: 08.00-16.00 daily, except Mondays and holidays.
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Patuxay (Victory Gate): Centrally located on Lane Xang Avenue, this monument was built in the 1960 commemorate those who died in past wars. The monument was modeled after the Arc de Triumph in Paris, yet retains its Laotian identity with traditional decorative motifs. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.
Open daily: 08.00-17.00
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Vat Sisaket: Built in 1818 by King Anouvong and having survived the attacks by the Siamese, this is the oldest standing temple in Vientiane. It is also one of the oldest monasteries in the country and houses many important documents and treasures, including 6.840 Buddha images.
Open daily: 8.00-12.00 / 13.00-16.00
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Hor Phakeo: This building, originally built in 1565 as a personal place of worship for King Sayasetthathirath, housed the Emerald Buddha (Pha Keo) before it was taken to Bangkok by the Siamese in the 19th century. Today it is a museum, which holds one of the most extensive collections of Buddhist artifacts in the country.
Open daily: 08.00-12.00 / 13.00-16.00
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park): This park, conceived in 1958 under the direction of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a Laotian monk, hosts a collection of larger-than-life sculptures that merge Buddhist and Hindu traditions. The park is located roughly 24 km south of Vientiane , across from the town of Nong Khai (Thailand) where Bunleua later erected a similar pantheon of sculptures.
Open daily: 08.00-16.00 daily, except Mondays and holidays.
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Talat Sao (Morning Market): Consisting of three main buildings located in the centre of town on Lane Xang Avenue opposite the post office and central bus station, this extensive market carries mostly durable goods, ranging from Lao handicrafts, textiles and jewellery to imported household appliances.
Open daily: 07.00-16.00
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Mekong Promenade: Take a stroll along the Mekong river, watch the sunset, enjoy barbeque and Beer Lao on the river’s edge, get a workout in evening aerobics, go shopping or simply watch people pass by: this pleasant stretch of the Mekong in central Vientiane has a little something for everyone.
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital Lao National History Museum: This museum, which was originally built in 1925 as the French governor’s residence, presents the history of Laos , highlighting the people’s struggle to free the country from foreign occupiers and imperialist forces. Located on Samsenthai road, opposite the Cultural Hall.
Open Monday-Friday: 08.00-11.30 /14.00-16.30
Tourist attractions in Vientiane Capital National Ethnic Cultural Park: Located 20 km south of Vientiane, near the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, this park features cultural exhibits, statues of Lao literary heroes, models of traditional Lao houses, a zoo, children's playground and restaurant with relaxing seating along the banks of the Mekong river.
Open daily: 08.00-18.00

Source: Lao National Tourism Administration

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