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“Unfortunately could not get near it” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace
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Vientiane Half-Day City Tour
ontario
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“Unfortunately could not get near it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

From the outside a very interesting building. I would love to have gotten a visit in side but there did not seem to be any tours available. Takes a good photo from the side away from the river.

Visited December 2013
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“This is an attraction?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

Chances are you will pass by the Palace if you climb Patuxai or if you are staying in the Mixay neighborhood by the river, but that's about all there is to the Palace. Be sure to glance at it as you pass it on the street!

Visited December 2013
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“Out of reach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Like everyone says its beautiful, striking, majestic and regal but looking at something like this is not enough.
At the moment the trees in the grounds are covered in fairy lights which look magical at night when they are lit up but still,you cant get inside the gates to even take pics.
Shame. A really nice building to wander around would make a great special visiting spot

Visited November 2013
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“Behind a fence and colours reminiscent of St Petersburg”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

As you know from the other reviews you are not allowed inside the perimeter fence but our tuk tuk driver took us around to the back entrance where through the gates your get photos of a surreally empty and quiet courtyard where you expect Lenin to come striding out of a door across the courtyard. Expect to stop for no more than 10 minutes.

In fact the colours are definitely one of the colour combinations you would see in St Petersburg although it has a small scale charm. As this is a communist country, we expect the architectural style to be a deliberate copy.

This is just a stop to get the photo but remember at the rear you can see it and walk across a two lane road and into the Mekong Riverside Park.
The Presidential Palace is very easily reached on bicycle but the Law Courts elsewhere in the City are just as impressive although completely modern in design. We saw them on the coach to The Friendship bridge.

Enjoy.

Chris and Anna.

Visited November 2013
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“Cannot see anything but building from behind a fence”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Manufactured for tourists and can only see from a distance. Not worth a separate visit. Laos should do something real for tourists.

Visited October 2013
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