Vientiane is the capital and largest city
of Laos (about 800 thousand inhabitants), but it does not produce impressions of
the capital and, especially, of the metropolis. The building is low-rise, and
the territory is not that big - where do they all fit?
Airport Vientiane is small, to the city is close. There is no public transport. All arrivals are sent to a special taxi stand, then, they are seated in arriving cars. Other taxis not allowed in the airport. It is worth 7 dollars (per person, not for the car!). Given that the distance to the city is about 5 km. - natural robbery. Although, I was not so much outraged as the lack of an alternative. We are in a free country or what? In general, I went to look for a bus. Then, already in Vientiane, I went to the bus station, and found out - the bus does not go to the airport. Nevertheless, I managed to leave. I met a couple of European tourists who also did not want to pay an official taxi, and after passing a couple of hundred meters on the way to the city, we caught a car that brought us to Vientiane for 6 bucks at all. Back to the airport was driving on a tuk-tuk - to the departure hall to drive approve.
Vientiane is located directly on the Lao-Thai
border, which Mekong serves. Crossing the border on the ground is also
possible, but if it is a trip to Vientiane from Bangkok, then you need
to get to this border before - this is the whole day on Thai roads.
On the central embankment there is a market (a flea market with Chinese belongings), which starts to work for some reason in the evening and continues at night. Actually, it is called "night market", but the meaning of this schedule for me remained a mystery.
The rest of the quay is occupied by a park with a bizarre statue of Anouvong (Anulutthalat) - the last ruler of the kingdom of Vientiane (1805-1828). I have this figure for some reason causes associations with a fantastic film, where people wander around an abandoned city on a strange planet. :) In this sense, the pedestal, of course, disappointed. Any dark column would look much brutal. :)
The Presidential Palace is a remarkable building, although modern - construction was completed very recently. The architect managed to combine the European style with the national color. Among the small houses and the vividly shining Vientiane temples, the palace stands out for its solidity and, at the same time, a certain pacification.
Another modern attraction is the Patuxai Triumphal Arch. Everywhere they write that it is a copy of the Arc de Triumph in Paris. I, personally, only see the general in that it is also an arch and it also has four outputs. The arch was built in 1968, as a monument to the fallen in the struggle for Laos independence. In the interior sell souvenirs, and above there is an observation deck.
A non-typical landmark is the Black Stupa (That Dam). It is not black, but brown, according to the color of the bricks, but, apparently, it means "dark", not covered with gold, as it should be. Gold was, but in 1827 Thais conquered the Vientiane and ripped the gold, and, for some reason, later it did not restore.
The main attraction is not only Vientiane, but all
of Laos - Pha That Luang (Big Stupa). The stupa itself
is depicted on the coat of arms of Laos, but in general it is a large
complex comprising two churches, the residence of a Buddhist patriarch,
a park, etc. Construction began immediately after the transfer of the
capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane (XVI century). By the end of the
19th century, as a result of numerous wars, only ruins remained of this.
What can be seen now is the result of the restoration of the 1930s.
To me, out of all this splendor, I liked the painted ceiling in one of the temples.
Sights Vientiane - basically, as everywhere else, the church, so that further simply photos Vientiane churches, no comment, because I do not know what to comment here. :)
In addition to the above, I visited the Lao National Museum. Impressions are so-so. The building is dilapidated, the exposition under the building. Most of the exhibits represent the second half of the 20th century.
Tourist map of Vientiane
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