We initially planned to spend 4 days in Vientiane to get our China visas done but after spending one full day, we thought it was just too hot. For the first day, we hid in a dessert cafe that had air conditioning and worked on our blog … oh, how nice that was.
During the late evening, we took a tuk tuk to Wat That Luang. Of course it was raining, but it did not stop the four of us from going. Upon our arrival, there were no lights on. Apparently they turned it off for some time due to the lightning. I had a headlamp and in we went. This temple was all gold and even in the dark you couldn’t miss it.
The next day, we visited the Wat Si Saket. Besides being one of the oldest temples in Vientiane, I found it to have one of the most stunning interiors of all the temples we had seen so far. There were rows and rows of perfectly carved out niches that sheltered these tiny Buddha statues. On the ground were larger Buddha statues and scattered around were more Buddha statues that they found all over the city, many with missing pieces. Supposedly, there are over 10,000 Buddha statues contained inside this single temple, but who’s counting.
Now for the best part: We had not done fine dining for some time and being that we were in a large city with lots of great eats, we decided to splurge. We tried two different restaurants, which were both French!
At Le Vendome, Boris ordered an excellent four-cheese souffle. I had pumpkin soup and a duck entree, which didn’t meet my expectations. Stick to the souffles!
Le Central was a lot pricier but it was worth the money. It was very intimate and every dish we had, including the wine, was mouth watering. For the 1.5 hours we were there, it felt like being home again.