Photographer's Note

This is what the main street of Vientiane, Avenue Lane Xang, looked like in early 1973. The triumphal arch was built in the 1960's, according to Wikipedia with money given by the US to be used for a new airport. The arch is said to honour the Laotians who died fighting the French colonizers.
Judging from pictures I've seen on the internet, this street and its surroundings have been remarkably spruced up since 1973. This view may not be very flattering of a capital city, but it gives an idea of the very rural small town atmosphere of Vientiane 35 years ago.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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