The Patuxai monument was built a really long time ago so its an ancient structure. Little known is the fact that there are internal stairs within the monument that you can access to get a better view from the balcony above and you can see a great distance into the city. There are even some shops located within so needless to say this place is actually alot bigger than it appears in pictures. Also the city itself has alot to offer because of its deep rooted culture. The stonework and roads are really neat. I appreciated being able to spend a couple hours around the monument.