In Vientiane, cars don’t seem to go very fast. The Patoxai stands still and steady, unfazed by visitors. In That Luang, the country’s most significant stupa, workers are cleaning up the aftermath of yesterday’s big festival. The Mekong river bed reveals itself between broad embankments. It’s supposed to be dry season now even though showers of rain greeted us when we arrived. Our day of overcast skies didn’t last for long though: we visited Wats basking in the glory of the afternoon sun. The pleasant afternoon in Vientiane was topped by a large glass of fruit shake. And then some comforting French styled cuisine. All here, in what is probably the most laidback capital in the world.