Possibly the most relaxed capital city in the world
18.03.2010 - 19.04.2010 25 °C
It was a relatively simple affair crossing the border into Laos, and the overnight bus that took us there was actually quite nice, so the journey was even easier.
We got dropped in a central location, not far from the cheap guest houses, and after a bit of asking around we were pointed towards a fantastic little place called the 'Mixay Guest House'. If you ever visit Vientiane I would recommend that you stay there. According to Lonely Planet it is one of the cheapest places to stay in town, but you wouldn't think it. The double room Steph and I got was pristine, and the bed was incredibly comfortable. What makes the place a winner though, is the quality of the staff. Everyone was super friendly and helpful, and the welcome we got as we arrived was fantastic. Free coffee and tea, free sticky coconut rice and cake, and free breakfast the next morning! Great value!
We got our stuff sorted out, then decided to take a local bus ride to a place called 'Buddha Park'. A large grassy area that was filled with countless statues as park of a huge art installation. The artist who developed the park wanted to combine lots of different religions and ideologies into a single exhibit. An interesting concept and great place to visit if you're still undecided in your religious beliefs.
While we wandered the grounds I spotted a huge butterfly fluttering about in the breeze. I tried to sneak up to take a picture when it landed, but it flew away to quick. Feeling a little disappointed, I was about to give up when suddenly it re-emerged and perched itself on a flower right in front of me, as if it was posing for a picture!