Lao Vientiane

Well after having a great time in the party cities of Hong Kong and Bangkok I arrived in the capital city of Lao PDR, Vientiane. What a shock this was to the system, the streets were quiet, the pubs shut down early and the tuk tuk drivers wanted about three days average wages to drive you a mile down the street.

Yeah, Lao is a very quiet place compared to the rest of SE Asia, and most people seem to love the place because of that. It didn’t really do much for me though; maybe I’ll take another look there when I’m older and want to relax.

I only spent time in Vientiane and apparently there are a few backpacker party towns in Laos. Thing is I’m not really into the backpacker scene; yeah I know that I travel with my backpack, but I’m not really into hanging out with 18 year gap year kids (friendly as they may be, and good luck to them on their travels). I tend to do my own thing and quite often stay in less visited places that seem to have a nice feel for them.

Anyway I’m getting off topic here, Vientiane is a pretty enough place, it has a large French colonial influence with lots of pretty buildings and good food; like in Vietnam Baguettes are very popular here. Vientiane even has its own arc d’triumph! When I was there they were re-developing the Mekong river front, making it difficult to get near; my guess is that when there are cafes and a promenade¬† by the river the place will have a very nice feel to it. Though they do need to keep those pubs open longer!

Here are a few pictures.

Lao Pagoda
Lao Pagoda
Lao street stall
Lao street stall
The Lao version of the Arc de triomphe
The Lao version of the Arc de triomphe
Monking around in Lao
Monking around in Lao

Deano

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