Vientiane – Wat Si Saket and Patuxai

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Hello All

My next adventure in Vientiane was spent wandering around Wat Si Saket, a place filled more than 6,800 Buddhas of all sizes made from wood, stone and bronze all seated in rows. There is an entry fee of 3,000 kip for locals and 10,000 kip for foreigners. Vientiane is a small city and it’s easy to explore by foot or you can opt for a tuk tuk and taxi.

I walked from the city centre of Vientiane to Wat Si Saket which took about 20 mins, but if you’re not up for it, a tuk tuk would be a great way of getting there.

wat si saket

image of buddha 
rows of buddha

need to stop throwing tickets in bags 😉

I’ve really had to pull out my price negotiation skills in Laos 😉 The only thing I wouldn’t bargain on was food but for everything else…yesss! And why not? All these little amounts all add up. I normally would ask my hotel how much things would cost like say for a tuk tuk to take me to Patuxai from the hotel and how long it will take? I would be told it should around 30,000 – 40,000 kip. Ok, so I would ask a tuk tuk driver ‘how much to go to Patuxai round trip?’ One tuk tuk driver said 100,000 kip and that it was a good price but will offer me a special price of 80,000 kip. I offered 30,000 kip and without an agreement, will walk away to go to the next. The next tuk tuk driver said 50,000 kip and showed me a price list.. which I don’t really buy into. I said 40,000 kip determined that was my number, no no 50,000… yes 40,000 kip trying to look very serious and confident 😉 50,000 kip.. no 40,000 kip and about to walk away.. Hey Ok.. 40,000 kip! The tuk tuk driver waited about 40 mins for me.

tuk tuk

Patuxai Victory Monument built between 1957 and 1968 features four arches facing North, South, East and West is a great place to stroll, sit down to read a book and watch the people. There is an entry fee of 3,000 if you would like to take the stairs to the top viewing floor.

patuxai victory monument
CEILING OF PATUXAI
patuxai just before the sunset 

ending the day watching the beautiful sunset across the Mekong River. take delight in the simplest things – Bo Sanchez 

Laos, first day adventure in Vientiane

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Happy New Year Everyone!!  🙂 
Arrival:

Just before Christmas on Dec 22nd I flew from Sydney to Laos via China into the capital city called Vientiane, a brand new city never seen before. yassss! First thing after checking into my hotel at Ali Backpackers which cost 25USD a night, I set off for food and tried the papaya salad with vermicilli for the first time, normally I just have papaya with sticky rice which is a traditional Laotian dish.

This is the vendor where I bought the papaya vermicelli for12,000 kip.

Papaya salad with vermicilli, it is tastier than it looks 😉 I said yes to chilli having a pretty high tolerance but my mouth was burning.. still nice though 🙂

the next day:

I didn’t have an itinerary with the intention of just winging it I went to reception of the hotel and saw a picture of Buddha Park and decided thats where I am going to go today, then asking what was the cheapest way to get there, with a traveller responding 6,000 kip by bus. OK!  I was given quick direction by the hotel to find bus #14 at the Central bus stop, and along the way I asked about 2-3 people who spoke no english but understood ‘bus stop’ and would use hand gestures to point in which direction to go, about 30 minutes later I found the Central bus stop. hooray!!

But I still had to find bus #14, asking another 2 people ‘bus to Buddha Park’ and with more hand pointing gestures I saw bus #14. and I knew an adventure was about to begin 🙂 It was packed and a little hot inside but I managed to get a seat. So you don’t pay the driver when you board, a lady (normally) goes around just a little after the driver begins and collects payment for the trip.

bus #14
Buddha park: 

The bus journey took approximately 50 mins and there is an entry fee of 5,000 kip.

when you throw the ticket back into your bag and it scrambles up 😉

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) has hundreds of religious sculptures including a reclining Buddha, you can also go up on top of the pumpkin sculpture for the best view of the park. Below are some images of Buddha Park (will soon put up a video of the park).

pumpkin sclupture
Reclining Buddha 
religious Sculpture climbed narrow stairs inside the pumpkin sculpture to get to the top with this view

The adventure was worth it! The bus stop to get back to Vientiane Central bus stop is right across the park and it cost 6,000 kip.

In the evening, I caught the sunset at about 5:20pm, the perfect end to an awesome day!

sunset right across the mekong river

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week. x