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Patuxai, Vientiane

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Dedicated to men and women killed during Laos' fight for independence, Patuxai represents a war monument decorated with various mythological creatures, gods, and animals. The structure's interior was constructed in a typical Laotian style, although the entire edifice resembles that of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. As you approach the monument, notice the ornate towers, which represent five principles of coexistence. Inside, you can explore seven floors housing administrative offices, a museum, a gift shop, and exhibits of pictures and statues of fallen heroes. For a small fee, take the elevator or stairs to the top-floor viewing area. Plan to visit Patuxai during your Vientiane vacation using our convenient Vientiane tour website .
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  • Worth visiting for the impressive size, ceiling in the archway and views from the top. Unfortunately, one has to pass through a number of tacky souvenir shops while climbing to the top of the monument...  more »
  • We cycled there. I have to say, I am surprised how few people cycle in Vientiane! Anyway, it is a nice route there, on the “Laos Champs Elysee”. You have to pay a small fee to climb. On every floor, t...  more »
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  • Impressive from a distance, not quite so much up close, although they do acknowledge this on a plaque on the wall! A big hike to get to the very top but great views. No elevator though, so be prepared to climb!
  • Regardless of the very busy area of where it is situated, I found this to be the least crowded attraction. Went here to get a bearing of the city and other sites due to it's height. It's a nice stroll and many tourists doing the same thing.
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