the royal palace museum doesn't allow photography, so no photos. the most interesting thing was the exhibit of gifts from other countries. it's not so much to see which countries the laos monarchy used to call friends, than it is to see which countries give the good gifts and which the bad ones. the united states gave the king some moon rocks and a miniature laos flag that was onboard the apollo 11. LBJ gave the king a set of brass candlesticks and a brass bowl, along with a large coin featuring the likeness of - you guessed it - LBJ himself! just as a historical note, laos no longer has a monarchy, after the throne was exiled in 1975 following the communist revolution, the royal family disappeared into the northern jungles.
dried rodents: can't make out whether they're rats or squirrels. just when i thought laos food was pretty tame!
unknown wat on kitsalat street
my street (coldriver guesthouse)
(notice the golden stupa on the hilltop)
meet and greet
bride and groom arrive