Day 28: Vientiane walking tour
Claire: Our last day in Laos and only full day in Vientiane we set out on our own little walking tour of the city. After a pretty bad hotel breakfast, our first stop was our favourite coffee shop to fuel on delicious caffeine and yummy cake….
Heading out of the old town we visit Patuxai (Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe), a war monument that roughly translates to "Victory Gate". Built in 1957 using American funds that were intended for an airport, it was never actually finished due to the turbulent goings on. But, despite the raw cement exterior we still thought it was pretty impressive and the grounds are lovely too.
After meandering through the side streets and absorbing local life we ended the day strolling the riverfront. It was peaceful and interesting watching the restaurants set up tables for the evening. I was hoping for a sunset, but was more than happy with our yummy happy hour cocktails. We like it here.
Gav's day 28 takeaway
- I like the obstacle courses they put on the streets here. It makes you realise how lazy we got with our mostly even pavements. There's like big holes and craters dotted around here with wires and cables loosely hung around. It's good, it keeps you on your toes.
- Street food's pretty good here.
- My clothes are starting to smell even after they've just been washed.
- Uh oh.
- Claire accidentally got really drunk.
- Oh no.