There are few real ‘sights’ in Vientiane which makes Patuxai a must see. Before you go check out the history surrounding this monument and how it was funded. Spen 30 kip to climb to the top for some good views. Ignore the distrust tourist shops on the middle floors. Great views down to the presidential palace. Gab an ice cream and sit under the shady trees at the end of the park. Try to avoid the hoard of local photographers who will snap your picture, print it and chase you up to sell you a copy. Look up under the arches for some attractive art works and finishes.