After our amazing time in Luang Prabang, we made our way to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and, due to economic growth in recent times, it has now become the economic center of Laos.
To celebrate our arrival a family friend took my parents, Meg, and me to a dive bar on the Mekong River. I agreed with my mom – it reminded us of being on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt.
The next day we did a lot of sightseeing around the city.
After several hours of touring the amazing sights we were hungry! Our family friend Toon, who graciously offered to be our tour guide and chauffeur for the day, suggested her favorite noodle spot at the morning market. I will be the first to admit, I was hesitant at first because of how simple and organic the restaurant was to the casual eye, but the food was delish!
After a delicious bowl of noodles we were back out touring!
Later that night as we were heading to dinner, we came across an amazing ritual at a nearby temple.
The next day we took a day trip to the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. It is a sculpture park and contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
Our next stop? Hanoi, Vietnam!