Last few days in a relaxed capital

Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 15, 2011

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

With the trip winding down, I went to the capital of Laos for a couple of days: Vientiane. The ties to the French are still very evident here with the streets signs being written in French as well as Lao, and almost every restaurant offering many dishes with a fresh baguette. Vientiane was a fairly interesting, laid back capital, much more so than the other capital cities in the area. I believe the population is about 200,000 thousand, and there are very few buildings taller than 3 or 4 storeys. Vientiane is also home to plenty of fine international dining: during my 2 days there I ate Tex-mex, Indian, Italian, Lao, and North American food...all of which was very tasty. I was fairly worn out after the jungle trek, so I didn't do much else here apart from visit a few landmarks in the city, including the replica arch de triomphe (which didn't really look at all like the one in Paris) and the Phra That Laung temple, which appears on many of the bank notes in Laos. Here are some pictures. 
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