They range from the stunning, original Wat Si Saket, known for its pillars and Buddha statues, to the symbol of Laos, That Luang. It is a fine, lofty stupa that can be discerned from afar or up close.
The Patuxai Monument is reminiscent of Franco architectural brilliance, with its Arc de Triomphe lines, and can be climbed to see fine views over the town and river. Be sure to head to the Lao National Museum for a lesson on the history of the country and its capital.
Laos' national symbol is one of the main landmarks in Vientiane. It is a broad 150-foot tall stupa that originally hailed from the mid 1500s. The beautiful gold version today is not the original but is well maintained and very photogenic and visitors can get here by taxi.
Wat Si Saket
Si Saket Temple is the oldest original temple in the city the only one that wasn't flattened by the marauding Siamese. It was built in 1818 and features hefty pillars supporting the large roof and also sports many thousands of Buddha statues and images. Wat Si Saket also has fantastic murals.
This Arc de Triomphe look-alike is a popular landmark that can be climbed during the day for fine views over Vientiane. It was built to mark Laotian independence and also features a small park that you can wander about on foot.