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Vientiane, Laos: Day 1

Our first day in Vientiane, Laos!

We started the morning by filling ourselves up with a satiating bowl of noodles at Pho Zap. The servings were generous and we were happy.

While leafing through our map deciding on where we would go next, we noticed museums were closed on Mondays. Bummer!

But we had to make the most of our time, so we decided to save the museum trips for tomorrow and the day after.

On today’s agenda were several monuments and temples we had marked.

In fact, we considered making a day trip to Luang Prabang after hearing about its attractions. However, we decided we would save that for another trip since we wanted to take it easy and just spend the rest of our trip in Vientiane.

Plus we didn’t want to figure out how to get there without getting lost.

PHO ZAP

Vientiane Day 1

THAT DAM

Vientiane Day 1

That Dam is a black stupa home to a seven-headed dragon with the power to protect Vientiane from invaders.
There are small cafes around the stupa at which you can stop by while viewing the monument.

Vientiane Day 1

As we walked on Avenue Lane Xang, we passed by many street food vendors selling a variety of skewered meat (mostly whole fish), some local desserts, and fried bananas.

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

PATUXAI – AVENUE LANE XANG

Vientiane Day 1

Patuxai, the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane on Avenue Lane Xang, the Champs-Élysées of Vientiane, a war monument completed in 1968 dedicated to those who fought in the war for independence from France.

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City view from the top of Patuxai

PHA THAT LUANG

Vientiane Day 1

Being a symbol of Buddhist and Lao sovereignty, the golden Pha That Luang, 45 meters in height, is the most important national monument in Laos. Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a tâht (stupa) here to encase a piece of Buddha’s breastbone as early as the 3rd century BC.

PHA THAT LUANG
Ban Nongbone
Vientiane
Laos

HOURS
Tue – Sun: 8 AM – 12 PM; 1 PM – 4 PM

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

Lunch: BENONI CAFÉ

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

Vientiane Day 1

BENONI CAFÉ
Rue Setthathilath
Vientiane
Laos
+856 21 213 334

HOURS
Mon – Sun: 10 AM – 6 PM

Since we were on foot the entire day, we thought we’d rest ourselves for a little bit and headed back to the hotel. I continued watching the Korean drama on TV–one of the only few programs that were undubbed. For dinner, we headed to the riverside/night market area for some Italian food! Check out our review of Ai Capone.

Dinner: AI CAPONE

Vientiane Day 1

See you tomorrow!

xx


 

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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