A Mouth?! No it is in fact a penis at the circle of life.
It took a 12 hour bus ride to Vientienne, the capital of Laos. A bus which we were assured was 'VIP' and was worth paying extra for, a bus with no aircon, a bus which in fact broke down after 5 mins on the road, the tyre was changed, a bus which caused an accident between a car and bus coming the other way, a bus which ran into a cow, a bus which picked up people from anywhere and took a number of detours, a bus which broke down several more times and occasionaly slipped backwards down mountains. Nightmare!! Anyway so we got in to vientienne very very late found eveywhere booked up and ended up staying in a hostel which looked like someone had been killed and then rubbed over the walls and had biting things on the planks we had for beds!! But the next day faired much better and we found a really nice guesthouse and set off on a walk around the monuments the city.
We saw an arc du triumph replica and a big gold wat that serves as the national badge of honour. We also wound up at a massive buddha sculpture park created by one of the strangest people to have ever lived, but there is more about him across the river... We corssed to river back into Thailand on the 1st November and the next day we visited another buddha park by the same man. This man, Luan, was walking in the mountains when he fell into a hole and found himself face to face with a hermit. He spent many years with this hermit who taught him all about budhism and hinduism, when he returned to Vientienne, Luan decided to build many sculptures to depict all he had learnt. When the communists took over Laos he escaped across the river to thailand, where he began another park dedicated to scultping buddhist and thai morals. He believed himself to be half man and half animal and then fell from on of his sculptors, casuing himself grave unjuries. He died in 1996 and asked for his body to be mummified under a glass dome alongside a virtual fish tank. Hiw wish was grabted. We visited this shrine to himself at the second buddha park and it was so wierd!! They'd left his old wheelchairs by his mummified body and also had the virtual fishtank all lit up and going... What?!