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Patuxai

Vientiane, Laos
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Ranked #9 of 32 attractions in Vientiane
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Description: The "Victory Gate" of the city was built in 1962 out of U.S.-purchased cement that was intended for a new airport.
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Bunbury, Australia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This replica of the arch de triumph is well worth the visit and climb the steps to the top The beautiful parks around it highlight the monument really well and it is a good elevated position to view the city from. There are many photographers around the base of the monument who will take a photo of you and print... More

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Bangkok
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The Patuxai monument is a rough copy of the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. You can climb stair to the upper levels where the views of Vientiane are worth the climb. As an aside, it is also known to Americans as a "Vertical Runway" because the Lao used US cement that was for military runways to build the monument as... More

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Buriram, Thailand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

That's about the only reason for visiting, you can walk around the park afterwards. This is a fairly modern construction and it was never finished due to lack of funds (ie corruption). There is a small fee for going upto the top.

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Mukdahan, Thailand
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Seriously. It's a big tower and you can see some of the city. I guess because it's old? There not much to it other than a bunch of pushy cameramen trying to take your picture and sell you the picture.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is my second time to visit Patuxai but it is my first time to climb to the top. It is a great way to see the aerial view of Vientiane and to see the garden around the monument.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Didnt have chance to go up on top gate; Because visited on morning of heavy rainy day( early May 2014); Bicycle ride from Benacam guesthouse with raincoat cover up; Traffic so bad and no regret for local car drives manner; The Pratuxai itself look dusty and dim in the wetty rain.

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I like vientiane much as itself something cozy and ppl are very nice! I mean really genuine this is the first city may not be very touristic at all ppl are still smile at you . This triumph is quite amazing architecture but just think the surrounding itself can make it better !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A great monument that's been loosely based on the Champs-Elysees. Only costs 3000 kip each (less than 50c US) to enter and walk to the top, from where you will get some great views of the city and the gardens surrounding the monument. Definitely worth a look if you've got a spare hour or two.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My husband and I decided to walk to Patuxai and were glad we did. The road leading up to it was a large boulevard lined with government buildings that appeared to be housed in colonial buildings. The monument itself was very intricate and it was interesting to study all the designs in it. Behind it there is a fountain with... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

An intersting place to visit, I can't remember how many levels there are but there are many stairs to climb. The view from the top enables you to see the whole city which is great. Each level has the usual government stalls/market selling loads of souveneirs.

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