The Royal Palace

Officially named Haw Kham, this former royal palace and current national museum was built in 1904 and is one of Laos' most popular attractions.

Home to the Royal Barge Shelter, a conference hall and beautiful lotus pond, you'll also find the stunning statue of King Sisavang Vong, who originally built the palace, as well as a Floating Buddha photography exhibition that features amazing images of meditating monks.

Perhaps the palace's most famous sight is the Pha Bang, an 83cm tall gold-alloy buddha.