Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
58Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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Our first full day we caught a tut-tut into the center of town (cost more here then in Thailand-$4). Job one-get local currency (Kip) via ATM. Our American Express did not work, so we had to use our Visa card. The machine maximum is 700,000k per transaction, sounds like a lot (about $73). So we kept taking money out one transaction at a time, 3 was the maximum. Our driver had to wait since we had no money to pay him.
He dropped us off at the "Patuxai" (Victory Monument) it is Vientiane's haughty Arc de Triomphe replica, which dominates the commercial district
During our visit we stopped to talk to some monks and learn about their daily life. I was told that I looked like a monk because of my hairstyle! I told them that it was not done on purpose, there just was no hair.
Our next site was Pha That Luang which is the most important national monument in Laos. Legend has it that missionaries from India placed a piece of Buddha's breastbone here as early as the 3rd century BC.
Our last stop was the "Buddha Park" or Xieng Khuan was as you would guess and park of many Budda's. On our way we stopped at a silk factory called Phaeng Mai Gallery where that had about 40 women and 10 man working with silk from the start of the process to its finish.