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Notes on the Geography of Laos: Viangchan (Vientiane)

Pictures from a walk at dawn around the Nam Phu Fountain.

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Once a colonial covered market, Nam Phu is now a traffic circle around a fountain.

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The old governor's palace, now the museum, is equally uninteresting.

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Nearby, however, there's an atmospheric collection of old houses.

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They're very different from the colonial houses of British India, which usually had flat roofs and classical facades.

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Many of the houses here lie on very quiet side streets.

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Some are in poor shape.

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Another.

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And another.

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Unkempt and shuttered.

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Nearby, a commercial street, Samsenthai, gets ready for the morning rush.

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A few minutes later.


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