Got up early and enjoyed a nice breakfast before boarding our little but very comfortable minibus to Vientiene. We decided to leave Vang Vieng as it's just way too touristy and also because MC is out of action with a sore toe. The bus journey took a good four hours and we arrived just after lunch. We checked into the Orchid Guesthouse just opposite the bus stop facing the Mekong river. We popped aroudn the corner to a restaurant called Sticky Fingers and were taken aback by how modern and western the restaurant was for such a run down and sleepy city. The menu was great and we had beautiful steak, eggs benedict....all delicious. Afterwards we wandered around....there were monks and wats on every corner. We visited a few and chatted to some monks.
One wat had a few monks inside chilling - playing with their camera phones and ipods - quite funny and a surreal sight. One wat in particular we really liked had two large fans over the altar with kaleidescopes attached to them so as they turned the patterns continously changed - very cool and a little mesmerising. We kept wandering and marvelled at how sleepy and ramshackle this capital city is. There seems to be quite a large population of expats here and loads of trendy restaurants and bars and the yummy JoMa (where we of course had a little pit stop!) But on the other side everywhere is falling apart and crumbling. We also saw lots of signs of Chinese trade. For dinner we dined under the stars and along the banks of the Mekong with views of Thailand on the far side as it sporadically lit up with huge flashes of lightening. It was really lovely.