We got dropped off in the centre of Vientiane and were just walking up the road to our hostel when we bumped into some friends we had made tubing, Yvonne and Freddie from Frankfurt, who happened to be staying in the same hostel. We checked into a dorm and picked up two more people (Tano from Vietnam and Simon from Germany) who were single travellers and headed out for a drink. We all sat together in a bar overlooking the night market and then headed to a local street food restaurant. Wow, Laos food can actually be tasty when you go to the right place!
Next day was a bit miserable and drizzly so we all sat chatting at the hostel waiting for some sun. Eventually it came and we explored a few temples, some monuments from the war and a building which looked like the arc d'triomph all escorted by Tano our trusty your guide. We then headed to the COPE museum which was in a rehabilitation centre. It focused on locals who had lost limbs from unexploded cluster bombs from the war. Very sad hearing all the facts about how Laos's rural areas are still heavily effected by what happened years ago.
Not much else to do in Vientiane so next stop thakek.