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“Small Arc de Triomphe”
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Patuxai
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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour
Ranked #8 of 58 things to do in Vientiane
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Owner description: The "Victory Gate" of the city was built in 1962 out of U.S.-purchased cement that was intended for a new airport.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but smaller. Quite a few steps to the top,but nice views around the city when you get there.
Souvenirs available on the top and in the shop within the arch itself.Closes early (about 5 pm when we were there.)
Nice to come back at night and see it lit up with the fountains

Thank Brandylady
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Reviewed December 1, 2014

This immense concrete structure was built during the American 'secret war' in Laos, out of 6000 tons of concrete donated by the US Government to build a new runway at Wattay Airport, but diverted by Lao officials who wanted to build the Lao version of the Paris Arc de Trumpe. Its nickname is the 'Vertical Runway'.
It is an ugly-looking building that could use a good paint job. It is hollow inside and tourists can climb stairs to the top to get excellent views of Vientiane on all sides. Inside floors contain tourist souvenir shops where tourists can buy trinkets, handicrafts, and Lao communist books and materials.
The Lao Government has now dedicated the Patuxai as a monument to the Lao People's Army dead. Around the Patuxai is a beautiful park, built byn the Chinese Government. The park contains computer controlled fountains, rest areas, a snack shop, and is a gathering place for young Lao and Hmong college students, who want to practice their english with tourists.

Thank Mitchell1944
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Reviewed November 27, 2014

Ok it's a big thing. Physically. But in the usual Laos fashion of being half completed and somewhat tacky. Worth a few snaps from the top perhaps.

Thank tellerto
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Reviewed November 27, 2014

This lovely monument is a well visited place in Vientiane. It is a victory monument, and is quite impressive. The carvings on the outside are intricate, and there is a painted ceiling in the centre of the monument. The walk down to see the monument is nice, with lovely gardens and a fountain. It resembles the Arc De Triomphe, but is so much smaller. I liked the figures of Asian angels (what I thought they looked like) on the side pillars as you entered. Nice place to visit.

Thank Kid_U_Not58
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Reviewed November 25, 2014

Patuxai is easy to go to, generally walking distance from Namphou and across the Presidential Palace.

You can take pictures of the structure and the gardens and fountain within the area but be sure to actually climb up as the top floor offers you a breath-taking view of the city. You will be asked to pay 3,000 Kip when you want to climb and the stairs going up is right to the side of the ticket booth.

There are 7 floors in total. Floors 2 to 6 are full of souvenir shops. The prices of the goods are quite expensive though, so if you're buying, make sure you only get the items that you can't find at the Night Market. At the 6th floor, you'll be coming up from the side tower and from here, you'll already be able to have a good view of the city. Go inside the central structure where you'll find a spiral staircase leading up to the highest tower (the central tower). It's a very small area though, barely fitting 5 people (me and my friends) but it's a good vantage point.

The stairs leading down to the first floor will be on a different set of stairs, so make sure you take note of the exits!

Thank Coeli J
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