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"Anousavari Monument - a platform with no view" Vientiane Tourist Trap Tip by call_me_rhia

Vientiane Tourist Traps: 10 reviews and 8 photos

  Arc de Triomphe wanna-be
by call_me_rhia

Anousavari Monument is a French-looking triumphal arch built in 1969 before the communist take-over and located a few miles away from Vientiane center. It's placed right in the middle of a road, north east of Lane Xang Rd. The monument is dedicated to the Lao soldiers who died in wars defending their country, but the reason for visiting it is to (officially) climb it up for great views. Problem is: there's nothing to look onto, from the top.

Unique Suggestions: Bring a very powerful zoom and take pics of That Luang in the distance, or else count the number of cars: you'll be amazed at how few youcan see,giving that Vientiane is the capital.

Fun Alternatives: Save the 1,000 kip (or so) climbing fee and give it to someone in need - there's enough people in Vientiane who could need thus money, although it's very little (about 10 cents in fact).

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 2, 2002
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