Lao National Museum

Museum in Vientiane

Unfortunately, this charming French-era building, flanked by cherry blossom and magnolia trees, is due to be knocked down and moved to newer premises. It was formerly known as the Lao Revolutionary Museum, and much of its collection retains an unshakeable revolutionary zeal.

Downstairs has a potted account of Khmer culture in the south, accompanied by tools and Buddha statuary; upstairs has ponderous displays that tell the story of the Pathet Lao, peppered with busts of Lenin and Ho Chi Minh.