After little sleep the night before due to the bed bugs we headed over to a nicer hotel at 6:30 in the morning. It was nearer to the river, a little more expensive but it included breakfast and most importantly, had no bed bugs! We were able to check in straight away, after which we nipped out for some breakfast and then went right to bed sleeping till midday.
After catching a few hours of sleep, we were in a better mood, so we headed out in the glorious sunshine to the Patuxai Arc, a war memorial statue located in the city also nicknamed the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane.
Built in the 1950-60s the arch is a memorial to those lost during the battle for independence from the French.
For just a small fee you are able to climb up the stairs and head to the viewing platforms at the top.
Before heading up there, underneath the arch, there is a painted ceiling which was pretty amazing.
Within the arch, there was a sign explaining the history of the arch which included a rather amusing line:
“from a closer distance, it appears even less impressive, like a monster of concrete”
We headed up for a great view of the city and soaked up the sun again.
It was our last night in Laos. The next day we would be heading to Vietnam. We knew the food in vietnam would be great, so we picked a western favourite, pizza, for our evening meal. We weren’t disappointed! We had a pizza each from a posh restaurant. Amazing!