Angie and Me in SE Asia travel blog

Statue Of Fa Ngum 1

Statue Of Fa Ngum 2

Next to the Statue of Fa Ngum

A Local Tending the Garden near the Statue

A Flower, Angie likes flowers

She still like flowers

Wat in the centre of Vientiane

Inside the Wat

What a nice window

In the garden of the Wat

Presidential Palace

The Patuxai

The wall of the Patuxai

View from the top of the Patuxai 1

View from the Patuxai 2

View from the Patuxai 3

View from the Patuxai 4

Tottenham here, Tottenham there, Tottenham everywhere

National Stadium

Tuk Tuk driver in laid back Laos

Another Vientiane Wat

Our one full day in Vientiane meant all our remaining sightseeing had to been done today. Luckily Vientiane hasnt got a great deal to see and is only small and easy to walk around. When we left the hotel the weather was overcast and pleasantly warm, has the morning went on however, blues skies and the sun appeared and the temperature rose drastically, so while walking we had to find the shadiest side of the street. The first place we visited was Wat Ong Theu. This was originally built in the 16th century, but trashed by invading Thais and rebuilt at the start of the 20th century. The area around it is quite pleasant with coconut palms growing in the gardens. Inside is a large bronze seated buddha, surrounded by smaller ones. The name of the temple means Temple of the Heavy Buddha. From there we wandered down to have a look at the Presidential Palace, although you couldnt get in, so we had to look from a distance through the gates. We then wandered up Lane Xang Ave, which is a wide tree lined avenue that leads up to the Patuxai, which is similar to the Arc de Triomphe. It was finished in the late 60's using a consignment of US financed cement that was supposed to be used to build a new airport. The building is fairly ugly and gets uglier the closer you get to it, dont just take my word for that, it actually says it on the official plague on the side of the building. I climbed to the top. (Angie didnt want to risk her knee so stayed at the bottom) Inside as you climb up there is a small market, the views are good from the top although Vientiane does not have the most interesting skyline. From here we wandered to the National Museum, via the National Stadium. The national stadium is very small and could not hold more than a few thousand I am sure. When we got to the Musuem is was closed for lunch (someone would have told us that in Bangkok) so we went to get some lunch. We ended up at the Scandinavian Bakery and both had a very nice chicken sandwich, mine was washed down with a banana shake and Angies with iced chocolate. We left there and returned to the now open museum. Not the most intersting museum particularly the bottom floors, which mainly dealt with pre history. The upper floor had more modern exhibits and many pictures from the communist revolution here that I found quite interesting, Angie less so, although she is suffering from an upset stomach. After the museum we wandered back to the riverside found a shop and bought Angie some tiger balm to help soothe all her bites that are now driving her mad with all the itching. We got back to the hotel and Angie's stomach continued to be a problem, so her evening meal ended up being a packet of crisps, while I went upstairs to the hotel restaurant to have chicken and cashew nuts. So quite a lazy day. Tomorrow we move again to Vang Vieng and the tubing, but more about that later in the week.

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