Laos: Vientiane

Since a few years I have maintained a tradition to meet New Year in a different country. This is why I flew in Laos on the 31st of December, 2017.

Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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Vientiane is incredibly quiet and relaxing for a capital – even on the 1st of January.

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A morning walk starts with nice temple garden.

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The city abounds with serene Buddhist temples (wats). On the photo: Wat Inpeng – a very colourful temple with beautiful murals.

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The inside of the temple’s door.

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Next to the main building of the temple there are smaller sights.

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Including a little horse.

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Local transport – “Eye of the Tiger.”

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Xieng Nyeun Temple – one of the most important Buddhist monasteries.

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Laos used to be a French colony. The Patuxay war memorial is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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View from above the Monunent onto the capital’s main avenue – Lane Xang.

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The former French presence can be still traced in the street names.

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Government’s Office.

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Pha That Luang – a large a gold-covered Buddhist stupa.

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Tradition and modernity: Buddha and 4G internet.

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Buddha’s feet.

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Lively atmosphere at the Mekong riverside at night.

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Time for local delights.

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People chilling out at the riverside. Mekong is central to the livelihoods of many Southeast Asian countries.

 

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