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Feb 17, 2016 - Vientiane

As Jaime and I ambled through the city, trying to avoid the heat of the afternoon sun, we felt confused. We weren't able to make sense of this capital city. It seemed too quiet. We walked passed building estates that were closed up and deserted. We found bridges that lead to nowhere. Along the river and in the parks, we encountered very few people. But then the sun set and Vientiane took on a completely new form. The night market comes to life and fills with people. Street vendors line the roads and people sit down to eat at small tables...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Laos: The Secret War

August 29: The Secret War The most humbling experience of our time in Laos was seeing up close and personally the affect of the US having dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos from 1964-1972, during 580,000 bombing missions. The bombings were part of US support for the Royal Lao Government against the communist Pathet Lao and the interdiction of military traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Its called the “Secret War,” because Laos was not officially part of the Vietnam War and the US government only admitted the bombings...

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Aug 25, 2015 - Laos: Vientiane

August 25: Laos-Vientiane Vientiane is the Laos capital sitting along the Mekong River and close to Thailand’s border. Vientiane has a history of changing politics. It became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion that would overtake Luang Prabang. In 1779, the capital was taken over by Siam (now Thailand). In 1827, in response to an unsuccessful rebellion, the city was burned to the ground and looted of most Laotian artifacts including centuries old Buddha statues. In 1899 it became the French Protectorate of Laos. The...

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Feb 2, 2014 - Dia 24. Vuelo a Vientiane (Laos) y el CHILI de Carlota

Esta manhana aun nos ha dado tiempo de dar una vueltita por Hanoi antes de comer y dirigirnos al aeropuerto. Desde ahi, con Lao Airlines hacia Vientiane, capital de Laos. El avion era mejor de lo que nos pensabamos. Nos imaginabamos un Binter o algo asi o incluso peor, pero finalmente era un avion en condiciones a reaccion. Llegamos a Vientiane ya oscureciendo. Control de pasaporte y a cenar. Aqui la anecdota del dia. Carlota, con sus pinchitos de pollo, comia tranquilamente. Un companhero de viaje, que habia pedido carne con verduras,...

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Aventura Indochina

Nov 9, 2013 - Vientiane

Interesting start to the day with power cut off for repairs from 5 - 8 am! Made shaving interesting for Stuart - using a head torch!!! First stop Wat Sisaket, one of Vientiane's oldest temples & the only one left intact after the Siamese invasion in 1828. Thousands of miniature Buddha statues are in tiny niches in cloisters around a courtyard, unique for a Budhhist temple. The main Sim has beautiful old frescos on the walls reminiscent of those in ancient churches. Suddenly there are drums & chanting .. and a procession comes into the...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Vientiane

Last night we had more time to explore the Night Market on the main commercial street. It closes to traffic every evening. The stalls offer local handicrafts & there are many displying the textiles, especially with geometric applique work made famous by the Hmong minority. Very young children are everywhere, often curled up asleep next to the goods. Early this morning - the views from Mt Phou Si (meaning Sacred Mountain) across the town & the 2 rivers are spectacular. Very atmospheric with the mist hanging in the valley beneath the...

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Feb 20, 2013 - Almost at Vientiane

Tues Feb 19 86ks -ride time 5hr:17 downhill mostly out of the mountains. The air felt so fresh this morning, following the rain through the night. We had to dodge muddy puddles and Nickie dropped her bike on the slippery boards on the bridge, when trying to avoid a headon with a tuk tuk. Nearly lost the suncream when it flew out of her front bag and skidded to within centimetres of going over into the river. Mama Sababa were happy to see us for our last meal with them. Here we talked again with Stuart, the civil engineer. He told us he has...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Off to Vientiane

The road was very rough and under repair. Cows were walking along the sides of the road. There was a lot of bamboo growing. There was more agriculture and people as we left the hills behind. We saw lots of 2-wheeled tractors pulling carts of produce and people. As we entered the suburbs of Vientiane, there was lots of traffic. Vientiane means Citadel of the Moon or Citadel of the Fragrant trees. It is the capital of Laos. We saw a number of car and truck dealerships. When we got settled into our hotel we went out for Pizza and beer! We...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos January 20, 2013, Sunday Day 11 of G Up early for a nice shower. The mountains outside of our windows look gorgeous in the early morning sunlight. I'm still not right and the thought of food makes me nauseous but it is what it is. I'll go to the breakfast and try to eat some bread and drink some tea. It is too bad I'm still feeling under because it looks like a good breakfast at the hotel. We are on the road by a little after 8. Clive, of Clive and Jane, is going river kayaking again and will be taking a separate transport...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Vientianne

Vang Vieng to Vientiane Our alarm clocks outside are very trustworthy. They start their calling faithfully at 5am or earlier every morning. Fortunately this morning no radio. Breakfast at 7.30am. Ready to be on the bus at 8am to do a 4 hour bus ride to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It was a bumpy ride through a mountainous area with villages right against the road and close to the city the flatlands with cows on the road. The sore throat was developing into a real cold with lots of blowing, so Eke asked for an extra roll of toilet...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Vientiane

Another fairly early start as we set off in our trusty bus (complete with a bird that squawked from somewhere beside the driver from time to time) over the last set of hills to the capital. Unfortunately Sa left us to escort another group back to the border so we are joined today by Mr Tuoy. He is a very enthusiastic character regaling us with all manner of stories and even singing. I found it somewhat exhausting but enjoyed finding out more about industry and farming: we see many rubber plantations on the hillsides and as we reach the end...

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Oct 20, 2012 - GoodBye Laos - Its been Awesome!

After gruelling 5 hour bus ride to the capital and it’s never cool when you have been out drinking till 2am and then have to get up at 5.30am to sit on a squished bus in the heat with loads of people plus a million flies but all part of the fun! And one of the Laos local was playing Westlife out loud on his phone so I loved it to be honest! When we arrived, we checked into our hotel ‘Family Hotel’. It was a really nice hotel and the city was actually surprisingly modern compared to the other parts we had seen in Laos, but still remained...

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