The most that I could remember from my childhood memory was the evening bath in the Mekong River near Parkse area. These photos are in Vientiane at Don Chan Beach.
We were staying at Paksan with my aunt the night of our Baci Ceremony, and was thinking about staying there for another night before heading down to Parkse via a local bus. My uncle from France called me that night, and said that he wanted us to stay in Vientiane for at least one night because he wanted my dad to see the Mekong River at night time, so we packed our bags and headed to Vientiane the next morning.
We stayed at a hotel that is only a block away from the Mekong River. It was recommended to us by my uncle in France and it costs $20 per night. The hotel is not that small, but I‘m not impressed with the place, so I won’t mention the name of the hotel. It is in the heart of the tourist area in Vientiane, there are many restaurants that serve foreigner’s food, such as pizza and Italian food, but also many that serve the local food as well. The area is packed with guest houses, and internet cafes. The best part about the area is that it’s within a walking distance to TalatSao (morning market), That Dum, VTE Water Fountain, many temples, and Patuxay Monument.
I do have to admit that the Mekong River is very pretty at night, the beach is packed with food vendors, and local bars and restaurants. My uncle advised us not to eat there because he thinks it’s too dusty, but when we got there, everything looked so good that we decided to have our dinner there.
Our meal was simple, we had spicy papaya salad, grilled fish, ping kai (grilled chicken), and sticky rice, overlooking the Mekong River.
More local vendors.
My dad and I were intrigued by this local garden, the gardener lives nearby and she grows these vegetables for personal consumption. She gets the water from the Mekong River to water her garden.
Some local bars and restaurants have pillows and cushions by the beach, some are little huts, and others overlooking the Mekong River.
The view of the sunset is absolutely beautiful.