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March 6, 2013

Visiting Pha That Luang - Vientianne, Laos

Pha That Luang

For Thai visa run, I think Laos is a better alternative than Malaysia. Travel time is shorter and expenses cheaper. I just got back from Laos where I did my  visa renewal. I stayed with a cousin who has lived there for 12 years.  I have been to the country many times before but I had never really got to see what Laos has to offer. My cousin's boyfriend who is an amateur photographer volunteered to take me around. After submitting necessary documents for visa application at the Royal Thai Embassy, I hopped on his motorcycle and we visited some of Vientianne's tourist areas.

My first destination was Pha That Luang, a gold-covered Buddhist stupa located in the center of Vientianne.According to Wiki, Pha That Luang is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.

Naga at a shrine in Pha That Luang

Naga dragon is a mythical creature believed to be living in the Laotian stretch of Mekong River. Lao mythology maintains that the Naga are the protectors of Vientianne and by extension, the Lao state.
(Source: Wiki)

A temple adjacent to Pha That Luang

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