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  • Writer's pictureJeff Epps

A Scooter Ride Around Vientiane, Laos

I visited Vientiane, Laos and decided to partner with the Azalea Park View Hotel in an effort to promote the Hotel and Vientiane and showcase some of the best attractions the city has to offer.

The Patuxay Monument is a war monument located in the center of Vientiane, Laos, that was built between 1957 and 1968. It was dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. It reminds me of a variation of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, which commemorates those who died for France in the French Revolution and Nepolionic Wars.

The Pha That Luang is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa located in the center of the city of Vientiane, Laos. It was built in the 3rd century AD, and the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is widely regarded as the most important national monument in Laos.

The Fa Ngum Statue is near the Mekong River commemorates the legacy of Fa Ngum (1316 to 1374), who was founder and first king of the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang and who created the first unified state of the Lao people. The Presidential Palace is the official residence of the President of Laos, also General Secretary, of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. It is located on the banks of the Mekong River in the capital city, Vientiane. The Presidential Palace dates back to 1973 and serves as the royal residence of the Royal Lao government. Designed by local architect, Khamphoung Phonekeo, the Palace was completed and opened in 1986 due to the political change and the takeover of Pathet Lao in 1975.

The Mekong River is a trans-boundary river in east Asia and southeast Asia. It is the world's 12th-longest river and the 3rd-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,909 km (3,050 ft), and it drains an area of 795,000 km², discharging 475 km³ of water annually. The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I stayed at the Azalea Park View Hotel, an inexpensive boutique hotel with A/C units and TVs, with a rooftop gym and pool, close to the Laos National Museum. There is a restaurant and a spa for guests to enjoy and Wattay International Airport is only 5 Km ( 3 miles). The Haw Phra Kaew is also close by:


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