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4 November, Vientiane
Souvanna Hotel 120,000LAK

Built in 1962 but never completed “due to the country’s turbulent history”, the Victory Gate advertises itself thus: “From a closer distance, it appears even less impressive, like a monster of concrete”. It was one of three Vientiane sites we visited today between posting a parcel home, fighting with Ethiopian Airlines and collecting our three-month visas for Vietnam. The pretty Sisaket temple (vat) was built by Anou, the last king of Vientiane, between 1819 and 1824. It is located opposite the royal palace, now the Presidential Palace. Mid-afternoon we took a tuk-tuk to the Mekong. At an estimated length of 4,350km the Mekong is the world’s 12th-longest river. It runs from the Tibetan plateau through China’s Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. We dined again at the Black Canyon: Coffee and Cuisine on garlic pork and pad thai. Yum.

Victory Gate
Victory Gate
Victory Gate
Victory Gate
Victory Gate
Victory Gate
Presidential palace
Presidential palace
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Vat Sisaket
Near Mekong, Vientiane
Near Mekong, Vientiane
Near Mekong, Vientiane
Near Mekong, Vientiane
Mekong river
Mekong river
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