Morning came and it’s a day to explore the city of Vientiane.
It is very possible to explore the whole of Vientiane in a day, but that depends how big your wallet is.
I rented a tuk-tuk for 90,000 kip (which is expensive in my opinion, that’s like USD10) to get a tour around town, back to the inn and to the bus stop.
tuk-tuk is the best invention in the world
1. Patuxai, or known as the Victory Monument.
Looks pretty much like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, except it’s full of the early Hinduism design
Seven floors high, it offers an panoramic view of the city.
Makes you wonder how their roads are so straight?
The history adds a slight mystery behind every wall, perfect place to cam-whore.
Spiral staircase inside Patuxai
Graffitis are found inside the walls of Patuxai
It intrigues me to think if those were ancient wordings or just love confessions of local Laotians.
2. Pha That Luang, the most prominent monument in Laos.
You gotta admire the details though.
It's a huge gold monument that stood out without a doubt from miles away. There are stones and ruins around the inside of Pha That Luang that resemble Buddhist statues. Mostly headless.
Pose 2. Look, three arms
Pose 3. Tall macho me
I bet you're wondering how did I squat so low for this photo (yes the statue is extremely small)
It's all about the angle.
Some stones there are just plainly disturbing.
tell me this doesn't look like a giant penis
According to Lonely Planet, it’s a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Laos sovereignty. Since its construction in 1566, four wat were built around it, but two only remain.
My question is, is this the Wat That Luang Tai or the Wat That Luang Neua?
They all look the same to me.
Outside of Pha That Luang, sparrows in cages are sold for luck (you're suppose to buy and free them)
This really saddens me. For all I know, sparrows can't be kept in cages, they'll die of confined space. I was tempted to buy all of them and set them free but this is just provoking business in this area.
3. Talat Sao – morning market. I love this place, it sells from everything authentic to everything that’s famous for in Laos.
Like the Balut (duck fetus eggs),
I have read two cases on food poisoning after eating this.
So no! I will not try it. Over my dead body. Especially not after my food poisoning case.
You can find little frogs on a stick, or mini bats on a stick here too.
Or their famous snacks, baguette with condense milk (simple but genius recipe).
You can find the bus station right next to Talat Sao too, where you can get on a local bus at a fair rate to Vang Vieng or Luang Phrabang.
4. Buddha Park. Apparently this is a place with gazillion Buddhist statues, the one place I didn’t get the chance to visit because it’s 25km from the city and renting a tuk-tuk would cost me at least 100,000 kip.
*Three hours later*
Sitting on the public bus which is going to depart from Talat Sao to Vang Vieng in another half an hour (which I were to discover later half an hour means three hours). Public bus, the agony of bumpy ride, sacrificing air-conditioning and premium bus service for pain in the bottom and sweats in an enclosed tin is well worth saving another 35,000 kip for. (VIP bus rides for tourists are 60,000 kip per person, get your ride with the locals will set you back 25,000 kip)
Yep~ just another 5 hours away~ 5 painstakingly LONG hours...
Bought myself a 5000 kip sandwich from the Hmong Market next door for lunch, been eating this awesome shit for two days now.
They call it khào jįi pátêh (a split French baguette stuffed with Lao-style pâte and ham) which is going to last me till dinner. Well worth it in my point of view. Simply love Laotian sandwich, yum~
And I shall end my Vientiane Journey with a photo.
My Nike moment in Pha That Luang. Tell me that looks totally like a Nike Woman pose~! :D