• Daniel Austin
  • 05
  • Jul
  • 09
This entry is part 16 of 40 in the series The (d)SP0T

Vientiane is a small, old city across the Mekong River from Thailand, so it makes sense that there would be several temples in its vicinity. I only spent a few days in Laos, not nearly enough time, but it was enough to get a feel for this mellow locale and see some of the sights. I think the most authentic part of my experience was at one hotel where I had monks for neighbors across the street. They burned leaves which left my room smelling like smoke, and they woke me up banging drums and chanting. It had never occurred to me that monks would make bad neighbors. The bright side is that they meticulously clean their houses so they’re never dirty.

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