VIENTIANE, LAOS

Area Code 021 US$1=10,825k 1B=262k, July 26, 2005

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In 1556, the Lao capitol was moved from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Since then, except for a short period of self-government, it was always under the domination of foreign powers such as Burma, Thailand, and France.

City planning & architecture reflect a French influence, however the few remaining French buildings are old and badly maintained.

Apart from That Luang Temple, there are few tourist sights but Vientiane is a relaxing, uncrowded, capitol that serves as the gateway city of Laos.
At the time of research many roads were under construction, the center felt like a building site.

Photo: That Luang

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Research Period Data: 1st-97.1.6, 2nd-98.5.6, 3rd-99.4.27, 2001.3.26, 2005.7.26