Presidential Palace


It's not possible to go inside the Presidential Palace, as unsurprisingly it is reserved for the president and government officials. It is, however, a decadent example of French colonial-era architecture and you can take a photograph through the front gates.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Vientiane attractions

1. Wat Si Saket

0.08 MILES

Built between 1819 and 1824 by Chao Anou, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Vientiane, Wat Si Saket is believed to be the city's oldest surviving wat…

2. Haw Pha Kaeo

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Once a royal temple built specifically to house the famed Emerald Buddha, Haw Pha Kaeo is today a rather dusty, lacklustre national museum of religious…

3. Wat Xieng Nyean

0.24 MILES

This centrally located temple has a convenient entrance on Rue Fa Ngoum, the riverfront road.

4. That Dam

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That Dam sits on a quiet roundabout near the centre of Vientiane. Legend has it that this stupa was once coated in a layer of gold. The gold is said to…

5. Sacred Heart Cathedral

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Also known as Vientiane Cathedral, this is the spiritual home of Catholicism in Laos, built during the French colonial period in 1928.

6. Lao National Culture Hall

0.35 MILES

Huge government building that occasionally plays host to government-approved dance or musical performances.

7. Wat Mixai

0.36 MILES

One of a cluster of temples on the main drag, known for its Bangkok-style sǐm (ordination hall) and heavy gates, which are flanked by two nyak (guardian…

8. Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan

0.45 MILES

This temple is one of the most important in Laos. It was originally built in the mid-16th century by King Setthathirat and is believed to occupy a site…