In the morning we had a guided tour of Vientiane with a local guide. We walked to the river, which forms the border with Thailand. The statue of the last King of Laos (Chao Anouvong)) looks across the river towards Thailand. We saw the Presidential Palace and the temple, Ho Pra Keo. Visited Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Laos to survive the war. We caught a minibus out to the Golden Stupa (quite impressive)and the to the Patouxay Monument where we climbed the 7 floors to the top. The Patouxay Monument is clearly a copy of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and was built out of concrete given to the Lao government by the US for them to construct a runway.
The afternoon was free, so several of us had a relaxing afternoon browsing some of the shops. In the evening it was a final dinner of the tour at Makphet restaurant, where they train disadvantaged youth - they still need a lot of training, the service was really bad. A big disappointment compared to similar restaurants I have been to in Vietnam and Cambodia.