Vientaine seems to have a temple on every corner, so a few monks about, and it's definitely a cross roads for cycle tourists. I've met two couples from Belgium, two English Indians, a lady from Jordan, a Germany, two Dutch guys, a French couple, and of course the Chile/Chinese family, in 36 hours.
Vientaine also has its own Arch D Triumph, with almost as many tourist taking photos, many from China.
Also got to Skype my biking buddy from Sumatra, Graham Allan, and my wonderful Juliet. Pretty good day really, for just hanging out.