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Lao National Assembly building
Lao National Assembly building in Vientiane, it houses the unicameral parliament of Laos.

About Vientiane

Pha That LuangSatellite view is showing Vientiane, largest city and the national capital of Laos, the landlocked country in South East Asia, that is wedged between Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China.

Lao's relative small capital is situated in the northern part of the nation, at the Lao-Thai border, on the northern banks of the Mekong River, about 90 km (55 mi) north of the Thai city of Udon Thani.

Reclining Buddha at Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Reclining Buddha in Vientiane, in the background Pha That Luang, the national symbol and the Poeple Republic of Lao's most important national monument.
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The city once was a Khmer settlement and part of the vast Khmer Empire, which centred on Angkor. The city became the capital of the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang in the 1560s when King Sai Setthathirath decided to move from Xiang Thong (today Luang Prabang) to Viang Chan, to avoid Burmese invaders.

Today the "City of Sandalwood" has a population of between 200,000 and 300,000 inhabitants (an educated guess!), about 800,000 people live in Vientiane province. Spoken languages are Lao (official), Thai, and still some French.

In 2016 the city is host to the 28th ASEAN Summit (6-8 September 2016).

The city has hosted the 25th Southeast Asian Games in December 2009 celebrating the 50 years of Southeast Asian Games.

Just zoom in (+) to see That Dam, the mysterious Black Stupa in the center of Vientiane.

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The map shows a city map of Vientiane with expressways, main roads and streets, zoom out to find the location of Wattay International Airport (IATA code: VTE) 8.7 km (5.4 mi) by road (via Sithong Rd) north west of the city.

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Local Time Vientiane:
Saturday-September-23  10:39  
UTC/GMT +7 hours
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Google Earth: Searchable map and satellite view of the City of Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic.

City Coordinates: 17°58′N 102°36′E
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Pha That Luang
Laos' national monument.
Vat Phou temple, Champasak
A Khmer Hindu temple complex.

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Laos Country Profile

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External Links:
Vientiane Times
Local news.
Wikipedia: Vientiane
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