The next morning we made sure we were up early and in time to cruise the morning market.
We were tempted by many of the products including these excellent looking peppers and garlic.
We did buy some tea, which was interestingly packaged, some cashews and some of the dried river weed. However, the morning was passing and we soon had to meander back to our guesthouse. Our time in Luang Prabang was all too short. Really, our time in Laos was too short. We hope to return for a longer stay when I finish teaching.
We caught a tuk tuk to the airport and spent longer in the departure lounge than we did on our flight: a mere 40 minutes back to Vientiane. Much faster than our 9 hour bus ride there! But I had to be back to pick up my visa for Vietnam. Thankfully there were no problems with the visa. The typically unsmiling official handed it over and then we headed for our new guesthouse. We’d decided that for our last two nights in Vientiane we could afford a bit of luxury and spent a whole $35/night for luxurious guesthouse near the town centre.
The rest of the day we wandered in the centre of Vientiane, looking at more temples, more handicrafts (although we’d bought a swack at the Luang Prabang night market) and having dinner at one of the riverside grills. On our way back to the guesthouse we spotted bright stadium lights so walked over to see what was happening. We were just in time to encounter a flood of fans leaving an evening football match. Vietnam had been playing and their fans were very obvious, with painted faces, flags and T-shirts. We walked to the gates to find out about tickets for the football match the next day and saw a few enthusiastic fans surround a police motorcycle as one Vietnamese lad climbed on it.
Within seconds a policeman had shooed him off. Although Vietnam and Laos may be good neighbours it seems you don’t want to mess with the diplomatic peace after a football match.