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Travel Blogs from Vientiane
in the 3rd century and was believed to have, at one time, housed the
breast bone of Lord Buddha in the stupa.
It was rebuilt in the 13th century as a Khmer temple (at that
time Laos was part of Cambodia) which fell into ruin and was rebuilt, again, in
1566. However, the stupa was repeatedly
plundered by the Burmese, Siamese and Chinese and was destroyed by the Thai
... rolls, soup, mini burgers etc). We even had shots of snake blood. I'm pretty proud to say that I tried everything except for the snake skin which was impossible to bite into. Tom even tried to swallow the snake heart which was served to us still beating but couldn't keep it down. Yuck. After the snake village we were very much in need of some real food so went back again to the amazing restaurant we keep going back to before heading back to the hotel for an emotional goodbye to ...
... by WIG members. All through the year members collect small shampoo bottles, soap etc from their visits to hotels and these all go to help make a Laos person's stay in hospital a little more comfortable. We will also take coloured pencils and colouring books for any small children who will be operated on. It will certainly be an experience and I will of course let you know what happens when I return.
I have started doing ...
... a friendly, smiley bunch. On the way to the park we stop at Friendship Bridge which is an entry point for Thailand and almost everyone gets off, the bus then parked up for a while and a number of tuk tuk guys came to ask me if I was going to Buddha park and tried to get me onboard for a fee. Instead I stayed putt until the driver put me on another bus that was going to the park as he was going back to Vientiane, he charged me 6000 kip for his bus and 2000 kip ...
... but I will write about that at a later date. All in all we had a great time together and they returned back to Australia totally relaxed and, I think, with money left over as everything here is very cheap. Paul couldn't believe that a bottle of Bundy rum is cheaper here than duty free.
Since Paul and Glenda have left we have celebrated Mothers Day with a Sunday session at a local pub on the river with Angie and friends, I had an expat lunch ...