Take in the view from Patuxai
This massive monument is Laos’s answer to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Featuring traditional Laotian carvings, it is a war memorial dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. It was built in 1968 from funds meant for an airport expansion, donated by the United States. Located along Lane Xang Avenue, it’s within walking distance from downtown, and you can climb its seven flights of steps for a panoramic view from the top.