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Tuesday, 8 January 2008


We had an amazing trip to Loas flying into Vientiane from Saigon via Cambodia. We liked it so much that we left a lot unseen as it's fairly obvious we're going to go back.

Gilded Buddha

The architecture and statues are stunning, I filled two memory cards on the camera. If you want to see them all (and frankly I can't think of a better way of spending four hours than looking at someone elses holiday pictures) click on any of the pictures to go to Flickr.

Food is fresh and tasty, there are a lot of higher end restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang but we honestly didn't have one bad meal no matter where we ate. Well, there was the weird sweet curry in Vientiane but that was par for the course because it was Stephens birthday and he always gets a dodgy curry on that day.

There were men in santa hats.
Men in santa hats 1

Around every corner was a classic image.

Honest Tourist Attraction notices
Patuxai Monument, the vertical runway

Honest, Patuxai
and we even found a bar dimly lit enough to feel seedy

Samlo Bar

The lasting memory though has to be spending two days with elephants. More on that in a later post. Meanwhile here's my elephant having a snack.


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