This is the courtyard at Nali Manphu, the hotel where I stayed in Vientiane. The was definitely an air of romance in it’s arches and wicker furniture. It was aging a bit yet very comfortable, friendly and welcoming and offered a lovely breakfast for the price. Nice intro to Laos.
Across the way, I had dinner at Xag Khoo restaurant, french really, in spite of the name. That evening there was entertainment. He sang mostly in Laotian and a couple in French. Nice evening for my first day in Laos!