We’ve compiled the best of the best in Laos - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Pha That Luang


    The city's most sacred monument, this massive, 147-foot-high, gold-painted stupa is also the nation's most important cultural symbol, representing...Read More

  • 2. Ho Phra Keo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There's a good reason why Ho Phra Keo, one of the city's oldest and most impressive temples, has a name so similar to the wat in Bangkok's Grand...Read More

  • 3. Inpeng Cultural and Entertainment Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This large park near the river has waterslides, beer gardens, restaurants, and plenty of family fun, plus a model village of miniature Lao houses...Read More

  • 4. Lao National Museum


    A two-story French colonial building houses this well-laid-out museum with interesting geological and historical displays. Exhibits touch on...Read More

  • 5. Nam Phu Square


    The main square in Vientiane's tourist area, this used to reflect more emphatically the city's French colonial influence, reinforced further...Read More

  • 6. Patuxay Monument


    An ersatz Arc de Triomphe, the monument is a prominent landmark, if minor attraction, between the city center and Pha That Luang. A disarmingly...Read More

  • 7. Talat Sao


    To immerse yourself in Vientiane, visit this vast indoor bazaar that despite its name stays open all day. Shops within the bright and orderly...Read More

  • 8. Wat Si Muang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This wat that dates to 1563—its last major renovation was in 1956—guards the original city pillar, a revered foundation stone also from the...Read More

  • 9. Wat Sisaket Museum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A courtyard with 6,840 Buddha statues stops the show at this intriguing temple-monastery complex across from Ha Phra Keo. Built in 1818 by King...Read More

  • 10. Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The bizarre creation of an ecumenical monk, Luang Pa Bunleua Sulilat, who dreamed of a world religion embracing all faiths, this park is "peopled...Read More

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