Vientiane Travel Blog› entry 18 of 27 › view all entries
Today's choice for breakfast was pretty hilarious, you could either pick 'Fried egg', which came with bread, jam and fruit, or 'French Breakfast' which was the same without the egg! Mieke had been sick last night but fortunately nothing serious. She was feeling a bit off today but would recover well. It was a bit of a riddle what this had caused since we'd all been eating the same stuff and none of the others had any problems.
Today's main event was a visit to Xieng Khuan ('City of Spirits'), better known as the Buddha Park, 24 kilometers outside Vientiane. Maybe it was the spending spree of yesterday's sauna, but more probably it was our sense of adventure that made us decide to take the local bus instead of a tuk-tuk.
It was nice to stroll around this serene and peaceful place and baffle at all of the sculptures.
There was one temple left to visit here, Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan. We arrived here at the right time since these was a prayer taken place in which the monks and laymen participated. A 5,8 meter high Buddha at the end of the prayer hail, weighing several tons gave it's name to the temple, which means 'Temple of the Heavy Buddha'.
We ended up at one of the beer gardens that line a stretch along the Mekong to watch the sun setting over the river and Thailand. Because of the clouds it wasn't nearly as pretty as the one we'd missed yesterday, but it was a peaceful moment anyway. We had an excellent dinner at the nice Bor Pen Nyang rooftop restaurant, overlooking the beer gardens and Mekong.
Vientiane had been a bit of a shock when we arrived two days ago, such an enormous change from the rest of Laos. Still, the atmosphere is as laid back as most of the other places we'd been to. The city retains the Lao spirit and the smiles abound and 'baw pen nyang' is still the motto of each day. What a relaxed place.