There isn’t much to recommend Vientiane, Laos, it turns out. It is a sleepy little town which also happens to be a national capital. There is a little bit of culture and history, but not a ton. Most of the tourist sites are not actually in the city center. And, despite sitting on the Mekong River, there isn’t much river life to be seen. Lots and lots of nothing going on, at least that we could find.
That said, there were two major temple sites we visited on the afternoon we arrived, and they certainly put on an impressive Buddha display. Hundreds of them. All over the place. And while Buddha fatigue was already starting to settle in, I have to admit that the collection was impressive.
In a separate area of the temple there was a collection of broken Buddhas, too.
The images themselves were cool, especially in such great quantities. Equally impressive were the ornate water troughs used for ritual cleanings. The detail and color were quite rich.
If you happen to find yourself in Vientiane I’d say definitely go visit the temples. There isn’t much else to do and they are a good way to pass a few hours. But other than that, try not to be stuck for too long in town.
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