Patuxai is Vientiane's Arc de Triomphe replica that I saw when I first rode through Vientainne, the capital of Laos.
It can't be missed sitting in the commercial district around Th Lan Xang. Officially called
'Victory Monument' and commemorating the Lao who died in
prerevolutionary wars, it was built in 1969 with cement donated by the
USA intended for the construction of a new airport. Many expats ( foreign visa holders from all other countries but living abroad) refer
to it as 'the vertical runway'.
The garden surrounding it has a big fountain and is always busy with tourists. for only 5000 KIP ( about .75 cents) you cant tour the inside and go all the way to the top providing an excellent view of the city.