Patouxay is my former playground. I used to walk and bike from my old house up the street from the monument. All those years of playing under the arch I didn’t get a chance to go up to the top of the monument due to safety reason. My parents didn’t think it was safe enough for us to climb the not so stable stairs back in the late 80’s. Back then the area is not as clean and it is today and with no water fountains and nice bench chairs to sit on. When I came back to Laos in 2007, I only visited Patouxay during the night time.
For the first time in my life I had a chance to see what they are keeping inside the monument. There were plenty of clothes and souvenirs to distract us during our stair climbing to the top level of Patouxay Monument. I took as much photos as I could without flash since I didn’t want to disturb anyone.