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Feb 10, 2011 - Landed in Laos...first stop, Capital: Vientiane

Landed in Laos...we are VERY glad that we chose to fly from Hanoi, Vietnam to Vientiane, Laos...capital to capital quickly on another Vietnam Airlines flight. The horror stories on the Internet about the up to 24 bus ride between the two locations were enough to make us fork out the extra money...sitting on a mini-plastic stool in the aisle on a milk run public bus did not entice us to see the scenery by bus. Besides, we will have plenty of 'VIP' bus rides in Laos...reputedly the worst bus rides in the area...hard to imagine really. The...

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Feb 8, 2011 - Laos Loving

Good evening from Vientiane the capital city of Laos. Just arrived here today after a few days slowly making it down from Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng. We're alot more settled here now, certainly not getting ripped off and MOST things that would shock at home are standard. After a couple more days chilling french style in Luang Prabang we set off to Vang Vieng. We knew it would be lively but not to the extent it was. It was the Malia / Magaluf for young Aussies, who make our behaviour abroad seem minor. The town was centred around a lovely...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Into Laos

After an all night train, a tuk tuk, and a bus we crossed the Thai-Laos border without much hassle and enjoyed a laid back day in Vientiane, the tiny French-flavoured capital of Laos. We discovered Vietnamese-style pho noodles, another fav food and sat back with a cold Laobeer for our first sunset on the Mekong River. We heard rumours of a bar on the river and found a shack made of old boat timbers and bamboo with a hammer left handily on the table should something start to pull loose. We drank the bar dry (they only had 8 beers) then...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Vientiane

Arrived in Vientiane after our final overnight train. Miles better than those in Vietnam. More annoying tuk tuk drivers trying to sting us for a ridiculous amount. Spent time checking out the place, discovered Joma bakery (legendary) and spent half a day chilling out by the pool of the Lao Plaza hotel. Ben is finally trying to lose his farmer tan! Nice way to spend the afternoon instead of temple watching! Had dinner at another charity restaurant. Realised that it's a good idea to order rice with Loa main dishes... Ben went a little hungry...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Exploring Vientiane city

A day of leisure - just bumming around town, walking quite a bit. There is a special Buddhist celebration and hundreds of people massing about outside the largest temple. It looks almost like the PNE grounds with booths selleng trinkets and snacks and there is a large stage set uo for a concert planned for the evening. I did not go back later>

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Nov 16, 2010 - Flying to Vientiane in Laos

I was taken by tuk-tuk to the airport in Siem Reap, one of the nicest smaller airport I have ever visited. It was an hour flight to Vientiane in Laos with Lao Airline - and was served a small meal. Upon arrival I took the taxi driver's advise from the airport and booked into a hotel he recommended, a common trick here. he told me the hotel I had intended to go to was not very nice. I paid 225.00 for a lousy room with no window (breakfast included). There was a very nice promenade along the river with many street restaurants. Had a delicious...

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Nov 15, 2010 - Last day in Laos

I was incorect on my last email about watching Monday Night Football. I was apparently watching Sunday Night Football, because the Philly/Washington game was on this morning. This is our last day in Laos. We are killing a little time at the internet cafe before our bus arrives to take us back to Thailand (and they have cold a/c.) It's freakin' hot here! Spent last night at the oldest cafe/bar on the Mekong in Laos. "The Sunshine" Got to see some local fisherman doing their thing in the Mekong. Reminded me of setting trot lines for catfish...

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Southeast Asia 2010

Nov 15, 2010 - Vientiane

Arrived 15th November Departed 17th November Not heard great things about Vientianne but we arrived with an open mind…! Hotel we stayed in on the first night was 5 times more expensive than anywhere else we’ve been, room is up 56 stairs and not even that nice! Clearly a wrong turning when we got off the bus. Second night we stayed in something resembling a prison cell. In fact, I think you get more furniture in a prison cell. We had 2 mattresses on the floor! Delightful, especially as it’s my last night with Erik . We walked around the...

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Flip flop's tour

Nov 14, 2010 - Vientiane, Laos

We made it across the boarder with surprising little trouble. I was expecting to be attached by taxi driver. We crossed and got a Tuk Tuk for 200 Bt. to town. The Hotel we wanted to stay at was full but the lady that runs it called several places and found us a place for the night with the understanding that it was for only one night. She then drove us to the hotel. It is about three times the price of the Mut Mee. After checking in we walked around town and decided to get some dinner. I liked Jeff's description of dinner so I copied it...

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Nov 14, 2010 - Laos

This is so weird watching Monday night football at 1100 in the morning. Well, our stay in Vientiane has been really different from just across the river in Thailand. It's amazing how much two places can vary from one another, especially being such a short distance apart. I'm still having problems uploading photos, so when I get to LA in a week or so I'll definitely have some posted. That is unless I am able to do it here at some point. Steve loaded one photo yesterday that took almost 20 minutes to upload. I'm not that patient. We had some...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Vientiane

Our one full day in Vientiane meant all our remaining sightseeing had to been done today. Luckily Vientiane hasnt got a great deal to see and is only small and easy to walk around. When we left the hotel the weather was overcast and pleasantly warm, has the morning went on however, blues skies and the sun appeared and the temperature rose drastically, so while walking we had to find the shadiest side of the street. The first place we visited was Wat Ong Theu. This was originally built in the 16th century, but trashed by invading Thais and...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Die Hauptstadt

Die Hauptstadt von Laos ist wohl die mit Abstand verschlafenste und langweiligste Hauptstadt, die wir je besichtigt haben. Es ist nicht so, dass die Stadt nicht ansehnlich waere und im Vergleich zu Luang Prabang ist es auch endlich etwas guenstiger und vor allem kulinarisch kann man sich hier ueberhaupt nicht beschweren. Aber was ist das fuer eine HAUPTstadt, in der man nach 2 Tagen ALLES gesehen hat??? Nach nur drei Stunden Busfahrt sind wir hier am Dienstag angekommen und hatten gleich eine nette Unterkunft und wurden von sonnigem Wetter...

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