Friday, June 9, 2017

Travel and Tourism: When in Vientiane, Laos

A few of the beautiful places to visit in Vientiane, Laos. 

Behind me is the Patuxay Arch or the Victory Gate in
Vientiane, Laos. 
Vientiane is the capital and the largest city of Laos near the boarder of Thailand. It is still a very third-world city where the high-speed internet connection is almost non-existent (except in a few establishments) and where the presence of skyscrapers, pulsating nightlife venues, luxury hotels, standard healthcare system and other amenities you can find even in a less economically-developed country are nowhere to be found. However, despite the absence of those sophisticated facilities, lies the opportunity of experiencing a laid-back country-side setting where the air is much fresher and mother nature is much livelier. You can see a lot of trees lined on its streets as well as in its parks and no towering buildings are obstructing the beautiful sight of a gorgeous sunset that unfolds before your eyes. 

Renowned places in the city to visit include Pha That Luang which is a gold-covered huge Buddhist stupa. Surrounding the area are the enchanting temples and religious relics including the gargantuan reclining
The reclining golden Buddha within the vicinity of Pha That Luang,
Vientiane, Laos.
golden Buddha.

Another interesting place to see is the legendary Patuxai Arch which has an eerie resemblance with that of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. It is a war monument dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. It is the most popular landmark in Laos, so you shouldn't miss having a photo op with it during your visit in the country's city capital. 

You have three options going to these places. One is to ride a tuktuk, second is to rent a motorbike and third by foot. Either way, it depends on what makes you more comfortable. Luckily, my hotel wasn't too far away from these places so I just took an early morning brisk walking. Not only did I burned my extra load of belly fats, I also have discovered many interesting things while on the way. 

If you are coming from Pattaya, Thailand, you can check my blogpost on how to reach here by bus. 

A monk crossing the street with his dog. 

A nature park on the way to the Pha That Luang. 
A typical college building in Vientiane, Laos.

Street food is pretty common as well in Vientiane, Laos.

This meal is worth 20,000 Kip. I was charged 90.00 Thai Baht by the staff in the restaurant. They accept Thai Baht and they usually overcharge. You should know the current exchange rate. 

The Pha That Luang or the Golden Buddhist Stupa. 

The Patuxai Arch or popularly known as The Victory Gate in Vientiane, Laos. 

Your blogger strikes a pose at the Patuxai Park, Vientiane, Laos. 

Government building as the backdrop of the Patuxai Park fountain. 

The World Peace Gong at the Patuxai Park, Vientiane, Laos. 

*All images were taken from my iPhone.
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