Vientiane

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    Wat Ho Phra Keo is also called Haw Pha Kaew temple, located on the Setthathirath Street in Vientiane City, the temple was built in 1565 under the order of Emperor Saitalati of the Kingdom of Lan Xang. The Jade Buddha is a rare treasure, which was stored in the Kingdom of Chiang Mai originally. In 1547, the emperor governed Chiang Mai.

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    Located on a curve of the Mekong River, Vientiane Capital has a recorded history that stretches back to around 1,000 AD. The area was originally settled because of the fertility of the surrounding alluvial plains, and Vientiane became the capital city of Laos around the mid-16th century.

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    Wat Si Saket is located opposite the Presidential Palace on Lan Xang Road at the corner of Setthathirat Road, northwest of Haw Phra Kaew. The Wat Si Saket temple was built by Chao Anuvong, the last king of the Lan Xang Kingdom in early Bangkok-style architecture mixed with its own unique style.

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    Wat Si Muang is located at the eastern end of Thanon Setthathirath, in the triangular area formed just before the street merges with Thanon Samsenthai and turns into Thanon Thadeua.

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    Pha That Luang Pagoda, or Pha Chedi Lokajulamani, which translates as “World Precious Sacred Stupa”, is considered the most important national monument in the country of Laos. Situated on a hill about three miles northeast of the center of Vientiane, its golden spire rises to 148 feet (44 meters) and is surrounded by 30 smaller pagodas.

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    Victory Monument, known in Laotian as Patuxai, is one of Vientiane’s iconic attractions. It was built after the country gained independence from France. The US actually gave the Laotian government the money to build a new city airport but they decided that a large monument was in order.

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    Talat Sao combines two very different shopping experiences in a central location where old and new Vientiane come together in an interesting mix, and, if you are travelling deeper into Laos, it is your absolute best chance to pick up any specific items and indulge in a bit of retail therap

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    Textiles of the Lao-Tai and Hmong prove some of the most popular among travelers, and many visitors to this royal land flock to Laos Textiles in downtown Vientiane to watch young women create these incredible fabrics by hand.

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    The Haw Phra Kaew or Ho Phra Keo is one of Laos’ most highly venerated temples, now turned into a museum. The temple derives its name from the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most highly revered Buddha image which was enshrined in the temple for over 200 years.

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    The COPE visitor centre is a small museum but a fantastic one. It’s not at all harrowing and it’s very suitable for children. They can touch, handle and try out the mobility devices on display. It is located on Khou Vieng Road, one kilometer from the Morning Market, just opposite Green Park Hotel. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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    Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. The park is accessible via a tuk-tuk ride along a bumpy road, or by taking the 14 bus to Nong Khai. The drive from the center of Vientiane takes approximately an hour.