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Apr 17, 2004 - Vientiane

"Vientiane is exceptional, but inconvenient. The brothels are cheaper than the hotels, marijuana is cheaper than pipe tobacco, and opium easier to find than a cold glass of beer." So wrote Paul Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar, his notes from a trip from London to Vietnam and back (mostly) by train in the seventies. Things have changed. Just before the recent ASEAN conference on tourism here at the start of the year new laws were brought in to clean up Vientiane's image, such as no more than two on a motorbike, helmets must be worn and...

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Feb 7, 2004 - Vientiane, the Sandalwood City

We have no idea why it's called the Sandalwood City, even after spending 3 days here. Anyway, sounds nice and it was a great to rest after noisy/hectic Vietnam. It was the most relaxed capital city we have ever been to, more like a country town. Very little traffic, not much noise and the people are so chilled out. One day it rained quite heavily and if you would have wanted one, it was very hard to find a tuk-tuk or taxi - we think that they had just decided to stay in bed due to the rain. We hired bikes for a day and cycled to Pha That...

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Dec 29, 2003 - Laos by horror overnight train

Having been unable to get a sleeper train ticket, we had 3rd class tickets on the overnight train to Nong Khai. The trip was a mere 10 hours, on wooden bench type seats. I had images on India and dying of oxygen deprivation when long after the seats in the carriages had filled up, people still poured in and proceeded to place themselves on sheets of newspaper anywhere there was a gap. A few hours into the trip the group of soliders hanging about the doors had run out of Thai whiskey, though they seemed to have an endless supply of tabacco,...

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Nov 28, 2002 - Vientaine

Then we all crammed into a covered truck with loads of locals to get down to Vientaine, the capital of Laos. there was some old bloke squeezed next to Heather wanking himslef despite being told off by local women and there being a monk opposite. Vientaine quite a big town with some great temples. We were in this fab hotel more like someone's super luxury house, complete with swimming pool.

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