Joining a truly fascinating 18-point tour is the only way to see Vieng Xai’s seven most important war-shelter cave complexes, along with several 1970s postwar buildings associated with major liberation heroes. All are set in beautiful yet very natural gardens and backed by fabulous karst scenery.
Perfectly framed by an avenue of tall Palmyra palms, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904, blending traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles. It was the main residence of King Sisavang Vong (r 1905–59) whose statue stands outside. Exhibits are well labelled in English. Note that you must be ‘appropriately dressed’ to enter, which […]