13 Facts About Vientiane


Vientiane is divided administratively into 9 cities with a total area of only approx.

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Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is the economic center of Laos.

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Vientiane is noted as the home of the most significant national monuments in Laos – That Luang – which is a known symbol of Laos and an icon of Buddhism in Laos.

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Contrary to the Phra Lak Phra Lam, most historians believe Vientiane was an early Khmer settlement centered around a Hindu temple, which the Pha That Luang would later replace.

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Vientiane became an important administrative city, even though it was not made the capital.

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Vientiane was in great disrepair, depopulated and disappearing into the forest when the French arrived.

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On 2 December 1975, the communist party of the Pathet Lao took over Vientiane, defeated the Kingdom of Laos, and renamed the country the Lao People's Democratic Republic, which ended the Laotian Civil War.

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Vientiane was the host of the incident-free 2009 Southeast Asian Games.

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Vientiane is on a bend of the Mekong River, at which point it forms the border with Thailand.

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Vientiane tends to be very hot and humid throughout the course of the year, though temperatures in the city tend to be somewhat cooler during the dry season than the wet season.

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Vientiane is home to one of the three bowling alleys in Laos .

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Vientiane is the driving force behind economic change in Laos.

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Vientiane is served by Wattay International Airport with international connections to other Asian countries.

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