This is the final instalment of my Laos trip.
Now back in Vientiane, no longer relying on the street map and just walked around. Here's a mish-mash of pictures of places in the city.
I enjoyed the history of the Lao empire. Although maintenance is lacking, the museum worth a visit. Entrance fee 10,000 kips if I remember correctly.
In the ASEAN section, it showed that Malaysia's PM was 'Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Babawi' (sic). I wrote a short note to the Museum Director on this outdated info and informed the staff on duty as well. Then later I found out that current PM Najib visited Laos the week after!
Lao National Cultural Centre, across the road from the museum.
Ho Pra Keo, I did not enter.
I think this was the Prime Minister's office complex.
At the gates of Phra That Luang.
Statue of King Setthatirat in front of Phra That Luang
It was already closed when I reached there :( . Entrance fee applies, 5000 kips.
The gleaming stupa of Phra That Luang (The Great Stupa). The pride and symbol of Laos. At certain moments its surface catches and reflects the sunlight beautifully. I think I snapped this at the right angle or light or whatever the technical term is. It was stunning.
None of the signages were in English so I do not know who/what these statues were.
History of the bodhi tree from India.
This picture was taken by a local who was jogging in that area.
The tuk-tuk driver's ID and price list. You can try to bargain the rates, to maybe 60% or even half. I wasn't that bold.
That Dam in broad daylight is not as scary as it is in the dark.
Fresh fruit juices cost 7,000 - 10,000 kips. Very refreshing especially on a hot day! There are many such juice shops.
Laos was a nice surprise, especially Luang Prabang. The only thing was that I seemed to have spent more for this trip as it is not as cheap as Cambodia or Vietnam.
With this trip, my travel around the main destinations in Indo China is almost complete - only Myanmar (and I still want to go to Hanoi) remain. Air Asia just announced its direct flights to Yangon, so we'll see :)