Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos. It situated just across the Mekong River from Thailand, which can be easily reached via the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. It was the administrative capital during French rule and is now the economic center of Laos.
Vientiane is a small city, but hosts numerous interesting tourist sites, including Pha That Luang, Wat Si Muang. the Patuxai memorial monument, Haw Phra Kaew, Wat Si Saket, and the nearby Buddha Park.
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Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist temple in Vientiane, Laos that is well known for its collection of Buddha images - more than 10,000 of various sizes.
A few nighttime views of the Patuxai monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. The monument was built between 1957 and 1968 and is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.
Flowers and candles left as offerings at the newly unveiled (in 2010) statue of King Anouvong in Vientiane, Laos. The statue sits in Chao Anouvong Park, created to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Vientiane.
Some of the more than 200 statues at the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, outside of Vientiane, Laos.
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