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Vientiane, Laos: Day 2

Coffee with noodles.

Noodles with coffee.

Coffee goes with pretty much anything.

As do noodles.

Right?

Here we were at Namphou Coffee, enjoying every slurp.

Oh, and of course imperative to add: the glory of each bite of the three-layered pork was happening.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, correct?

Nobody said anything against a sinful one…

Not every breakfast can be white egg omelet, skim milk, and grapefruit.

Vientiane Day 2

TALAT SAO (MORNING MARKET)

Markets are a must-visit when traveling anywhere. It’s where you get to see locals do their thing. Markets should be on every traveler’s list!

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Don’t you just love the durian seller’s expression? Sorry we didn’t buy your durians! Although I really wanted to, everytime we passed by a durian stall, we had either just eaten a full meal or snack. I was tempted to bring some back to the hotel but I supposed it wasn’t advisable (what does the world have against this beautifully sweet and divine fruit??).

TALAT SAO (MORNING MARKET)
Located on the eastern corner of Lan Xang Rd. and Khu Vieng Rd.

HOURS
Mon – Sun: 7 AM – 4 PM

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

LAO NATIONAL MUSEUM

Formerly known as the Lao Revolutionary Museum, its collection covers a wide range of accounts including the Khmer people and culture, Buddha representation, the story of Pathet Lao (communist political movement and organization established in the mid-20th century associated with the Vietnamese communists; it was the Laotian equivalent of the Viet Cong), complemented with those of Lenin and Ho Chi Minh. The museum is said to be knocked down and moved to a newer location in the near future.

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

LAO NATIONAL MUSEUM
Street Th Samsènethai
Vientiane
Laos

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

ADMISSION
10.000 Kip (USD1.24)

Lunch: THE FULL MOON CAFÉ

A popular destination among tourists fishing for an inclusive menu.

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

THE FULL MOON CAFE
Th Francois Nginn
Vientiane
Laos

PALAIS PRÉSIDENTIEL (PRESIDENTIAL PALACE)

Located on the banks of Mekong River, the Palais Présidentiel is the official residence of the President of Lao, who is also General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. Although initially constructed in 1973, the palace opened its doors as a venue for government functions only in 1986. The building is closed to the public, but from outside the gates, visitors can admire its elegant Beaux-Arts (neoclassical style) architecture and surrounding it, a perfectly manicured lawn.

Vientiane Day 2

PALAIS PRÉSIDENTIEL (PRESIDENTIAL PALACE)
Located near Sisaket Temple in the junction of Lane Xang Avenue and Settathirath Road

CHAO ANOUVONG STATUE

The statue of King Anouvong, the last king of the Lao Kingdom of Vientiane and a hero among Laotians, was built in 2010 in the year of Vientiane’s 450th Anniversary in commemoration of the King’s noble contribution to Vientiane during his reign. King Anouvong is deeply remembered for his struggles to fight against Siamese (Thai) invasion of Vientiane and his persistence to fight for Vientiane until his death.

Vientiane Day 2

Within the same complex of the park, you’ll see many locals take advantage of the green outdoors by promenading with friends and family as well as working up a sweat:

Vientiane Day 2

What a neat operation!

CHAO ANOUVONG STATUE
Chao Anouvong Park (next to the banks of the Mekong River and the Presidential Palace)
Vientiane
Laos

Dinner: KHOP CHAI DEU

Centrally located just a few blocks from the Mekong riverfront close to the Namphu Fountain, Khop Chai Deu is one of the oldest and most popular restaurants in Vientiane. For the past two nights, we’ve passed by it and it was always packed with tourists. Tonight, we decided to see what the buzz was all about. With a variety of food to choose from – Western to Lao – it took us a while to decide on our order! The best part about the restaurant was its second floor rooftop al fresco dining area. At night, the air was cool, and the ambience felt vibrant and alive. It’s no wonder Khop Chai Deu was the busiest spot on the block!

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

Vientiane Day 2

To whomever is in charge of taking care of this orderliness, we salute you. We also pray you do no such thing as cutting off a wrong wire, burning your eyes, or both. Best of luck to you. Really.

KHOP CHAI DEU
Rue Setthathilath
Vientiane
Laos


‘Till tomorrow!

xx


 

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