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Crowne Plaza Vientiane

Explore Vientiane

Crowne Plaza Vientiane is situated in the charming capital city of Vientiane and is only 15 minutes from the international airport or five minutes from the business district.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Pha That Luang

That Luang Village, Xaysettha District, Vientiane, 01000

Considered a symbol of Laos and its most important national monument, Pha That Luang was built in 1556. The 45-metre main stupa was originally covered in gold leaf and is believed to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha, and is surrounded by 30 smaller stupas said to contain the ashes of former kings and other royal family members. The temple has been through several restorations as a result of invasions. Today, still covered in gold, it is a significant spiritual centre for Buddhism in Laos.

Wat Sisaket

Rue Setthathirath, Xiengyuen Village,, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, 01000

Wat Sisaket was built in 1818 by King Anouvong. Located close to the old Royal Palace in the centre of the old city, Wat Sisaket was one of the few temples that survived destruction caused during the Siamese invasion of 1828. It is by far one of the most interesting temples in the city and houses more than 10,000 images of Buddha, the oldest dating as far back as the 16th century. Within the compound is a Ho Trai or library where the anicient Buddhist manuscripts known as the Tripitaka are kept.

Wat Simuang

Ban Simuang, Rue Setthathirath,, Vientiane, 01000

Wat Simuang was built in 1563 by King Saysetthathirath. The altar was destroyed by the Siamese in 1828 and restoration began in 1915. According to legend, the temple is guarded by the spirit of a girl named Nang Si, who sacrificed her life by leaping to her death, and a wooden pillar was lowered to cover the hole. Due to its sacredness, the temple is frequented by local Laotians to pray and make merit for the next life.


Chanthabouly, Vientiane, 01000

Appearing like a miniature Arc de Triomphe on one of Vientiane's main avenues, Patuxay, or “Victory Arch”, was built between 1957 and 1968 to honour those who gave their lives during the struggle for independence from France. Patuxay has four arched gateways, and the ceilings are decorated with Buddhist mythological creatures and Hindu gods, including the three-headed elephant Erawan. Visitors are encouraged to climb to the top of the monument for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

Hor Pha Keo

Rue Setthathirath,, Xiengyuen Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, 01000

Hor Pha Keo temple was originally built between 1565 and 1566 by King Setthathirath to house the Emerald Buddha and as his personal place of worship. The temple was destroyed by the Siamese in 1779 and 1828, and the Emerald Buddha was taken to Siam and is now housed in Bangkok. Hor Pha Keo was restored between 1936 and 1942, converted into a museum in the 1970s, and now houses some of the best examples of Lao religious art, including priceless Buddhist scriptures inscribed on palm leaves.

That Dam

Rue Samsenthai, VIentiane, 01000

Built in the 16th century, That Dam, or the Black Stupa, is one of the few ancient stupas that remains intact in Vientiane after the Siamese invasion of 1828. Located in the heart of town, That Dam is a popular Vientiane landmark in spite of the crumbling facade that is now overgrown with vegetation – a feature that has added to its ancient charm. According to legend, That Dam is home to the seven-headed Naga that protected Vientiane from the Siamese invasion of 1828.

Wat Ong Teu

Ban Wat Chan, Rue Setthatirath &, Chao Anou Road, Vientiane, 01000

Wat Ong Teu, currently the national centre of Buddhism in Laos, was built in the early 16th century by King Saysetthathirath, was later destroyed during the Siamese war, and was restored in the 19th and 20th centuries by the French. This temple consists of various Buddha images, including the central figure, Phra Ongteu, one of the largest to have survived the war and the origin of the temple's name.

Local Tips

Local Tips

Must See

Wat That Luang (That Luang Stupa), the original stupa, was built in 1566 by King Saysethathirath and is covered in 500 kg of gold leaf. It was built to resemble a lotus bud about nine metres high and 10 metres wide, surrounding a small, elongated stupa. The stupa has undergone several reconstructions, the last as recently as the 1930s, due to foreign invasions of the area.

What's New

A newly launched high-speed train is now available in Vientiane with routes from the capital city to Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Boten. The train station is located 35 minutes away from the hotel.


Getting around the city of Vientiane is easy and fun in a tuk tuk. Make sure to always agree on a price prior to boarding. You can also rent bicycles for just a few dollars a day. Bike around the town and enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies during the day, then make your way back to the Mekong River in the evening, where there are many shops and restaurants and you can relax along the river.

Must Do

A visit to Laos is never complete without sampling one of the authentic culinary dishes that this country has to offer. Some of the unique local dishes we suggest you try as part of your authentic experience of Lao life and culture are: papaya salad (tam maak hoong), grilled chicken (ping kai), laab (vegetables and minced meat or fish flavoured with fermented fish paste) and sticky rice.

Don't Go Home Without

A visit to Vientiane is never complete without a stroll along the famous Night Market. Located along the banks of the Mekong River, hundreds of brightly lit stalls offer visitors the opportunity to discover a wide range of contemporary and traditional products, including handmade silks, handcrafted hill-tribe souvenirs and hand-carved silver jewellery, as well as fashion and food.