The Presidential Palace in Vientiane is the official residence of the President of Laos. The building is a grand French colonial Beaux-Arts style structure surrounded by landscaped gardens. It’s located on the main avenue within the city, not far from the banks of the Mekong River.
Construction of the palace began in 1973. However, due to a complicated political situation in Laos at the time, the Presidential Palace wasn’t officially opened until 1986, and only then as a venue for government functions and ceremonies. To this day, the palace remains closed to the public, and visitors will only be able to take photographs from outside its wrought iron gates.
As the palace grounds are not open to the public, the best way to visit the Presidential Palace is to combine it with a visit to other popular tourist attractions in the area, such as the Patuxai Monument, Chao Anouvong Park, and Wat Sisaket.