20 hours to Laos
Trip Start Nov 16, 2004
40Trip End Nov 15, 2005
Found a hotel and then headed off along the riverfront in search of good food and cheap beer. Both goals fulfilled we sat back and watched some more goals - unfortunately this time by Man Utd. We also watched a rugby match between England and France but my memory has forgotten the score.
Hired some push-bikes and explored Vientiane. For a capital city it is incredibly quiet and relaxed compared to the chaos in Vietnam. I managed to cross the road without hearing the continuos blaring of car horn or feeling that this might well be the last I get to cross a road. We visited The Patoxai, a kind of mini Arc de Triomphe, that is known as Victory Gate. We then headed off to Pha That Lung (Great Stupa) which is a symbol of Laos sovereignty and Buddhist religion. Whilst being impressive I am beginning to get fed up with seeing temples - as someone pointed out, its not as if I would spend my time back home exploring one church after the next! After deciding we had seen all we wanted to we booked the bus to Vang Vieng for the next day.