Vientiane Blood Suckers
Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
40Trip End Feb 03, 2011
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Lunch was a familiar ala carte style dishes with rice around the corner and headed straight to the Laos National Museum. While the exhibitions were rudimentary, the bit that really got my attention was the pre-history of Laos. There were so many discoveries of dinosaur fossils and artifacts of ancient civilisations not recorded in modern history
On route to Sisaket Temple but missed the closing time at 4pm. A very impressive ancient looking Wat loomed across the street and I had to remind myself to visit tomorrow at its opening times. A sweaty march to the promenade along Mekong River overlooking Thailand, would have been well worth it if only Laos completes the promenade reconstruction sooner. Everywhere I looked on the banks was just mud and construction of a new riverfront. This happened before at the lakes in Hanoi and Dalat, Vietnam.
Stopped at a discreet chinese cafe and had a good conversation with the chinese owner about Vientiane, foreign travellers, weather..etc
Along the Mekong River promenade, street food stalls had sprung up with their mobile kitchens, tables and even tatami style floor beds and low tables. Menus were the usual bbq fish, pork, chicken and seafood. Some had frogs, still alive in the water bucket. After a meal of fish laap - minced fish with fresh garnishes and salads, I donated blood to a couple of mosquitoes at a chinese internet cafe before finishing the night with some fried dough, spiceless curry puff and a plate of fresh papayas and dragonfruits.