Crowne Plaza Vientiane

Local Guide

As you exit the airport, turn left and head east on Souphanouvong Ave. Continue straight for 3.5km, passing Fa Ngum Park before turning left onto Sithane Rd (look for the round ‘LDB’ sign of the Lao Development Bank on the right). Follow Sithane Rd for 200m until you reach the T-intersection with Samsenthai Ave. Turn left, and in 200m you will see Crowne Plaza Vientiane on your right.

For all visits to Laos, Visas are required except the following countries: Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Also, ASEAN countries’ citizens can enter Laos without a visa for the duration of 15-30 days.

 

 

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Vientiane, as the capital city, is home to many colourful and interesting cultural attractions that illustrate the past and present history of the dynamic and fascinating country of Laos. Most of these attractions are spread around the city, and it can take as much as a full day to see them all.  

But there are some attractions that are well worth visiting within a short tuk-tuk ride from the Crowne Plaza Vientiane. Some of these attractions offer a glimpse of both the Lao-style of architecture as well as colonial architecture. Others offer a wonderful sample of the sights, sounds and tastes of modern Vientiane. Here is what is on offer within a short distance from the Crown Plaza.

The Presidential Palace

You can view this imposing structure only from a distance, but it’s fascinating to see, nonetheless. Officially opening its doors in 1986, the Presidential Palace isn’t actually the official residence of the president, it’s used for official state functions and, because of this, the public is not allowed on the grounds. The palace, designed in the modern Lao-style of architecture, is situated in the middle of well-manicured gardens that are every bit as splendid and impressive as the palace itself is  

Lao National Cultural Hall

Architecture buffs will also undoubtedly appreciate the Lao National Cultural Hall located along Rue Setthathilath. The soaring colonnades and intricate detail on the front facade of the building represent the modern Lao-style of architecture at its very finest. Although only open to the public during special events and art exhibitions, the Cultural Hall is nevertheless a favourite subject for tourist photographers.  

National Library

The National Library is a classic example of the colonial architecture that that was the result of the country being a protectorate of France from 1893 until it granted self-rule in 1946. The building was originally created to serve as the governor’s residence in that bygone era. Today, it’s the repository of Laos’s most important books, scrolls and documents. The library is located midway between the Lao National Cultural Hall and the Presidential Palace.  

Chao Anou Night Market

For hunters of high-quality souvenirs, a good destination is to head to the Chao Anou Night Market after the sun sets for the day. Rather than being aimed at the tourist trade, the market is oriented toward the local people, both vendors and buyers, who congregate at the market to do their shopping and trade in silks, hillside tribe handicrafts, and silver jewellery. The market serves up some tasty Lao delicacies that visitors are invited to sample. It also is a good source of inexpensive clothing, appliances and electronics.  

Mekong Riverside Walk

The Mekong Riverside walk is a romantic place to end your long day of sightseeing around the city. Taking a stroll along the riverside promenade is something of a tradition in Vientiane, and you’re likely to be joined by Laos from all areas of the city who have come to the river to enjoy the cooler evening air and socialise with the families and friends. Pick up some snacks and drinks at the numerous stalls along the way and soak in the atmosphere of another evening of after work leisure time in Vientiane.

Attractions

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace

Admire its imposing architecture, but only from street level

Chao Anou Night Market

Chao Anou Night Market

A popular evening destination for local residents and tourists

Lao National Cultural Hall

Lao National Cultural Hall

An imposing example of modern Lao architecture hosts performances from international art groups and occasional film screenings

National Library

National Library

A charming colonial building that houses Laos’ most valuable ancient texts

Mekong Riverside Walk

Mekong Riverside Walk

Take a relaxing stroll along the banks of Southeast Asia’s mightiest river.

Temple

Wat Ho Pha Keo

Wat Ho Pha Keo

Former home to the revered Emerald Buddha

Wat Chanh

Wat Chanh

An active temple renowned for its intricate woodcarvings

Wat Ongteu

Wat Ongteu

Home to Vientiane’s largest Buddha image

Wat Sisaket

Wat Sisaket

The country’s oldest monastery is famous for its photogenic Buddha images

Wat Xieng Nyeun

Wat Xieng Nyeun

An overlooked temple that's free of tourists.

Wat Haisoke

Wat Haisoke

Shaded temple offering a glimpse of local life

Wat Mixay

Wat Mixay

A small, colorful temple with a peaceful atmosphere

Wat Inpheng

Wat Inpheng

A leafy refuge away from the crowds