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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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My visit to Laos

The capital of this 'forgotten' country is Vientiane. Its population is about 400,000 but it does not feel congested or crowded. It is an ancient city on the left bank of the Mekong river separated from northern thailand by the river. The original city was ransacked by the siamese in 1827, and the city abandoned and left in ruins till the end of the 19th century when the French gained control.
There are now very few buildings from before the 19th century left in this city.
Most of the interesting buildings here are of religious significance. The most important to the Lao people is That Luang, a Buddhist monument, with a gold coloured stupa.



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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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Other buildings in the That Luang complex





The Naga or serpent, a common symbol in Laos
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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Patuxai/Victory monument built in 1969 to commemorate the war dead is a well known landmark in the city




frescos on the monument


moving about the city is easy with tuk tuks


French colonial parts of the city






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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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O Yeah, Beer Lao! The best i've ever had.

Nice pictures of Vientiane. Have you been to Luang Prabang also?
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Wat Sisaket, Vientiane, one of the few surviving temples from before the 1827 siamese sacking






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Wat Phra Kaeo, originally built in the 16th century to house the Emerald Buddha(Phra Keao). The Emerald Buddha was removed by the Thais in the 18th century and is now in Bangkok. The original temple was destroyed in the 19th century and restored in the 1950s.






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Old December 2nd, 2008, 06:08 PM   #7
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street in Vientiane


Evening by the Mekong River, Nongkhai, Thailand is on the opposite bank
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O Yeah, Beer Lao! The best i've ever had.

Nice pictures of Vientiane. Have you been to Luang Prabang also?
thanks yes I travelled to Luang Prabang from vientiane. I will post it soon.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 06:15 PM   #9
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Which airline did u travel with ? Should be AirAsia isnt it.

How about food in Laos
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 06:32 PM   #10
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Laos looks amazing very nice pics
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yes, Air Asia. Lao food is similar to thai except less spicy and lots of baguette bread. Chinese, thai, indian and french food is readily available. The Indian food is halal.
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Wat Sisaket, Vientiane, one of the few surviving temples from before the 1827 siamese sacking






Very nice pics
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Great photos! Thanks for posting them.
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Luang Prabang is the old royal town of Laos, north of Vientiane. Its about 40 mins by plane but 10 hours by road over mountains from Vientiane. The road journey is grueling as the road is narrow and not properly maintained at some stretches. But the countryside and villages can be seen when traveling overland.
Filling up before the journey


Rice fields along the road


street market along the road


rest stop by a river town, Vang Vieng


Tourist pastime tubing down the river
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Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World heritage site and much of the town seems frozen from the 1950s. It is located at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.






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Former palace now a museum.


gilded carving on temple door


Wat Xieng Thong, a typical Lao monastery built in 1559 and one of the most impressive site in L Prabang






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at the back of the temple is a glass mosaic of the Tree of Life










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street night market


morning alms giving


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Old December 4th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #19
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wow, this was awesome! Rarely seen country on these forums.
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What an idyllic beautiful place! That is a little paradise! Thank you for sharing!
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