Nam Phou Fountain

Attraction Nam Phou Fountain ຖະໜົນປາງຄຳ ວຽງຈັນ Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 PM
08:00 PM
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Attraction
Landmark
Kids
Free
People watching
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The Nam Phou fountain is the most famous fountain of Vientiane not so much for its beauty but for its unbeatable location in the heart of the Laotian capital.

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Why Nam Phou Fountain is special ?

Nam phu literally translates into ‘water mountain’, and is the Lao equivalent of fountain. While Nam Phu in Vientiane is not the largest or most spectacular fountain in the city, it’s known by no other name and acts as the central landmark of downtown Vientiane.


The fountain is a legacy of the historic French presence in Laos. For many years it humbly rested in the centre of its quaint square, surrounded by European restaurants in an ambiance of old world charm. However, as the rustic colonial aesthetic is increasingly unfavoured by developers in Vientiane, Nam Phu square underwent a major transformation in 2012 and emerged as a much louder expression of modern Laos.


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What to explore at Nam Phou Fountain?

You can see lights of ever-changing colours illuminate the fountain, while a powerful sound system entertains spectators with a rotation of Thai pop favourites. In the evenings, the square features live performances by local guitarists covering Thai and Western classics for all to hear. A wooden walkway has been built around the fountain, adjoining it to food stalls that have set up tables so that guests can enjoy a frosty Beer Lao or a meal near to the fountain. Those simply wishing to take an evening stroll can meander past the stalls and enjoy the view close up.


Win buildings on the edge of Samsenthai Road make up Nam Phu Bar and Restaurant, which offers an extensive dinner and cocktail menu at above-average prices. Their rooftop seating provides an excellent spot to perch and gaze at the fountain or do a bit of people watching onto the main drag below.


Old-time establishments like Le Provencal, Le Cave du Chateux and Scandinavian Bakery sill maintain outdoor seating, separate from more recently developed establishments, while maintaining a view of the fountain.


How to get to Nam Phou Fountain?

The Nam Phou fountain is located in a plaza in the center of Vientiane ( Laos), in the street Rue Pangkham, Vientiane, Laos. Due to its location, in the center of Vientiane, the best option to visit the Nam Phou fountain and the Nam Phou square square is to walk.


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Selling points

  • “A good meeting place”
  • “Nice place to spend on a pleasant evening"
  • “Worth a quick photo at night”
  • "Colorful water fountain"
  • "A lively nightlife"
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Total travel distance
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  • Due to its location, the best option to visit the fountain is to walk.
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  • Many of the shops open at night, and they sometimes have special events going on
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  • A small kiosk opposite the fountain sells water, lighters and cigarettes
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  • The Nam Phou fountain is located in a plaza in the center of Vientiane ( Laos), in the street Rue Pangkham, Vientiane
    Location
  • Note that there are several ATMs close by, so this might be an easy place to head if you’re looking for cash.
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  • At the main road, Samsenthai, make a right past Kop Chai Der Restaurant and you’ll see a blue ANZ ATM and a small branch of BFL that also changes money.
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Namphou houses a a fountain surrounded by restaurants and bars. There's not much to see here during daytime since most shops open at 6pm. There are a few European restaurants that can cater to you during lunch, but don't expect to see that much activity here during that time.At night, the fountain is lit up by different-colored lights and there are a lot of tables littered in front of the restaurants. You can go drinking here and they have some good prices on alcoholic drinks. They also have a stage setup where local singers perform foreign songs.If the nightlife isn't your thing, there are a bunch of other restaurants and cafes just outside Namphou.Namphou is also very useful when you're meeting up with your friends as this is a known place in Vientiane and tuk-tuk drivers know where "the fountain" is.

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I wouldn't call this an attraction. The colors are nice at night but it has no charm. Just a concrete fountain. Pity that Vientiane is starting to lose its old world charm.

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The concessionaire of the fountain in the heart of historic Vientiane has desecrated the soul of Vientiane. He has and continues to expand his cheap and totally inappropriate buildings on the once charming square.The restaurant serves poor quality and expensive Thai food and provides sad music.Remembering the historic fountain of the 1970s, when it still served as a local market, and comparing it with the descecration this company has done makes one very sad.Another monument in historic Vientiane has been eliminated by profit-seeking commerce.

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Namphou houses a a fountain surrounded by restaurants and bars. There's not much to see here during daytime since most shops open at 6pm. There are a few European restaurants that can cater to you during lunch, but don't expect to see that much activity here during that time. At night, the fountain is lit up by different-colored lights and there are a lot of tables littered in front of the restaurants. You can go drinking here and they have some good prices on alcoholic drinks. They also have a stage setup where local singers perform foreign songs. If the nightlife isn't your thing, there are a bunch of other restaurants and cafes just outside Namphou. Namphou is also very useful when you're meeting up with your friends as this is a known place in Vientiane and tuk-tuk drivers know where "the fountain" is.

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