Vientiane - seeing the sights

Vientiane Travel Blog

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Got up in the morning feeling much better and had breakfast in one of the many French patisseries on the road. We went for a wonder and found the Lao National Museum - and odd little museum connecting pre history Laos with its recent revolutionary past.- removing the oppressive US “imperialists and Laos’ puppet leaders” and rifles which apparently shot down jets - hmm yes. the lower floor has lots of photos graphs on all the Communist successes. We then walked onto Phat Dam - a big black stuppa - just appeared to be a glorified car park for a load of S type Jags - obviously not everyone in Laos is poor. Then onto Patuxai an Arc De Triomphe made of concrete (donated for a runway) but now a horrible unfinished mess, with pathetic views at the top.
me and Doug (as it was just us to doing all of this) walked all the way up the road to Waht si Saket - a big Golden Stuppa which appears on National seal so a fairly important building - but it too wasn;t in fantastic condition. What was however was the parade ground outside (also the National Assembly, good enough to drive tanks over. A little bit of a walk back and we found a few more tanks at the Military Museum a nice army lady took our money going in (locals it appears get in free) and plenty more revolutionary zeal inside. Mind for such a huge building with large imposing classical pillars there were few exhibits. We took a Tuk Tuk back not wanting to hike the 5 km back and stopped off at the day market - apparently where all the rich people shop as everything was fairly dear. We walked back saw a few more temples and a large house which apparently was the Presidential Palace  We saw the sunset then off to dinner- western food - fish and chips.  We found the bowling alley and played a bit of pool.
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