I’m In; I'm Out!
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My roommates, Terry & Anne, and I woke up early to catch the Morning Market. We got there too early as the shops were still closed.
After a cup of coffee, we went back and still most shops were closed. :( So much for the morning market. We still wandered and browsed those shops that were open. Their handicrafts and souvenir items were great and unique but expensive! I ended up with the usual souvenir tees. Next to the market is the 3-storey Talat Sao Shopping Mall, their biggest mall. I decided to leave Terry & Anne in there and do VTE sightseeing.
From Talat Sao, I walked along the main street of Lane Xang to see the Presidential Palace. In front of it is the oldest standing temple of the city, Wat Si Saket. Siamese style-Buddhist architecture, the main reason it was spared during the Thai invasion of
Next stop, the Black Stupa or That Dam, located in the town center. I visited this site because I got curious since most Asian stupas are usually gold-plated while this one’s black! When I got there, it was disappointing.
I went back to the unfinished Patuxai or
There’s still one sight that I must visit, Pha That Luang, which is considered as
It was past when I got out of that stupa. I should be at the Thai embassy to meet my Pinoy group by . I grabbed a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant and headed to Thai embassy.
When I got to the Thai embassy, they’re in line to get their passports back. We were to leave
Then it was time to cross the border.
The queues were long.
When it was my turn to face the immigration officer, he immediately stamped my passport.
And so my short-lived life in VTE ended.