Nam Phou (Fountain) Square
Laos' most famous fountain
What we say:
In the Lao language, nam phou translates as "water mountain", but the term is commonly used to describe any old fountain. If you're in Vientiane, however, Nam Phu refers to only one fountain -- the fountain -- in Nam Phu Square.
An artifact of the French-colonial period, the square was revamped in 2012 and emerged as a much louder expression of modern Laos. While the classy old street lanterns remain, the fountain now whips strings of water in all different directions, and at night it lights up with cool colours that ebb and flow amid the splashing and gushing.
Nam Phu is a dandy as fountains go, but it's still just a fountain; the lively atmosphere of the whole square is what elevates the experience. Lined with food stalls, tables and a stage where local musicians perform nightly, the wooden deck that surrounds the fountain is a great spot to sit back with a cold Beer Lao after sundown. Long-running establishments like Nam Phu Bar, Le Cave Du Chateux and Scandinavian Bakery continue to offer extensive food and drink menus to go with fountain-view seating.
The area of Samsenthai Road adjacent to Nam Phou Square is also something of a transport hub for minivans, and several nearby ATMs and exchange booths ensure that the fun keeps on flowing.
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Last updated: 4th July, 2013
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22nd July, 2012
We were looking forward to visiting the fountain on a hot day and were disappointed to see that it's nothing but a building site at the moment
Nam Phou (Fountain) Square reviewed by anndemey1985 (3)
Written on 22nd July, 2012, rated Visited here in June, 2012
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