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Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane October 12th 2019

October 12 – I slept a little better last night with earplugs. Our guy on the megaphone or microphone was out again this morning until almost 7am, and construction (more demolition) was happening on the building next door well before 7am, but I didn’t notice most of it. Becky and I headed down for fried noodles and fried rice for breakfast, respectively, at 7:30 and back up at 8am to finish packing. I paid the hotel bill and we were down just before 9am to wait for the minivan to pick us up. When it didn’t show by 9:10, we asked at the desk. He asked if I bought the ticket at the hotel, I said yes, and he phoned them for me. At least he tried – his phone did not seem to be connected ... read more
View from hotel room in Vang Vieng
View from hotel room in Vang Vieng
Vientiane hotel

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane July 4th 2019

After recently finishing up my year as a teacher in Hong Kong, I was excited (yet trepidatious) to dive in to my next adventure. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I arrived in Laos. I've never travelled by myself, until now. Some of my friends recommended that I get jabs before I left - I didn't listen. I imagined the worst possible scenarios in my head - food poisoning, malaria, infected insect bites (again). In all honesty, I was scared. Most people who know me know that my sense of direction is pretty much zero, so I was about 99.7 percent certain that I'd get lost at some point too. I arrived 2 days a go. Sleep deprived, hungover, dazed and confused. I managed to haggle a taxi to the hostel for 60000 Kip ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane April 5th 2019

ET L’ENVIRONNEMENT DANS TOUT CA ??? Arrivée à Vientiane, capitale du Laos. C’est l’heure de la sieste, dimanche après-midi. Les rues sont désertées. La ville étant déjà plus que tranquille habituellement, c’est aujourd’hui l’assoupissement général. Il fait une chaleur de gueux, soleil impitoyable, au zénith il laisse peu de possibilités d’ombre, plus de 40 degrés au réel, 153° en ressenti ! Au moins… Si le réchauffement climatique atteint ces parages, force les limites, et il n’y a pas de raison au contraire, je crains les dégâts. Il a toujours naturellement fait très chaud dans ces pays à certaines saisons. Les saisons sont au nombre de deux, saison sèche chaude ou très chaude, pendant laquelle il peut pleuvoir, et saison des pluies, également chaude ou très chaude, pendant laquelle il peut pleuvoir beaucoup. Je me retourne sur ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane January 20th 2019

This morning we are up early. I could have done with another hour in bed but we need to be up and about before the sun gets too hot. We make our way to the bike hire shop. They want our passports as security. Fortunately our hotel isn’t far away so Ian is dispatched. :-) Bikes secured, we pedal our way up to the victory monument, Patuxai. This square, concrete monument has the look of a miniature triumphal arch. It commemorates the Lao who died in the pre-revolutionary wars and was built with concrete given by the USA to build a new airport, hence its nickname ‘vertical runway’. Patuxai is approached via a large dual carriageway which was practically under construction and little used on our last visit. Whilst the traffic here is not what would ... read more
Pha That Lung
Sunset on the Mekong

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane January 19th 2019

We are awoken to an announcement on the tannoy - we just catch the tail end which is telling us not to leave any of our belongings on the train. It’s only 5am so it can’t be our stop yet. It turns out to be Khon Kaen, so nowhere near...the conductor had told us 6am for our stop, though our tickets say 6.45am. Anyway, it looks like we’re all awake now and there’s a bit of a queue for the loos. Oh well, I suppose I might as well get dressed. There are three loos and two wash basins at the end of each carriage so I don’t have to wait long. It’s 8am and we have arrived at Nong Khai - the end of the line. Those of us left on the train all appear ... read more
Ugly mug
Statue on the Mekong
Presidential Palace

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane November 2nd 2018

Our first stop was the Pha That Luang which is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the center of the city of Vientiane, Laos. It is believed the stupa dates back to the 3rd century, but has been destroyed and rebuild many times. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane November 2nd 2018

Our second stop was Patuxai also called Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph. This is a war monument in the center of Vientiane, that resembles the French Arc de Triomphe. It was built between 1957 and 1968. It initially was dedicated to those who fought in struggle of independence from France. it has Laotian design, decorated with mythological creatures such as the kinnari which is half-female, half-bird.... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane October 13th 2018

After a very stressful time of job hunting with some jobs being successful but not being able to work out and some just not to my desire at all, I finally landed myself a teaching position at a new school in Vientiane, Laos. After suggesting you need probably a day or two maximum in Vientiane in a previous blog, I now find myself living here. Funnily enough, while living here, I have also come to discover there's a bit more to this city than I originally gave it credit for. Luckily for me, as I am working here, I have landed myself, from day one knocking on my neighbours house and meeting my flatmate, with four amazing humans in my life who I now consider my Laos family. It is with these fantastic girls I have ... read more
Drinks on the Mekong
Laos vs Thailand Football Match
One of the many tuk tuk trips

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane June 24th 2018

One airstrip, two stupas, three caves and more prosthetic limbs than we wanted to count This summer we spent five weeks in Southeast Asia. We travelled in four countries and we will here on the blog begin our story where we began the journey, in Laos. July and August aren't the best months of the year to travel in Southeast Asia. The time of the year we Europeans call "summer" they in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand call "the wet season". In Myanmar the same time of the year could with justification be described as "the monsoon period" and that explains why we never went there. Well, although it was the wet season we have to say that we were lucky with the weather. It rained a few days but since we were away for five weeks ... read more
Reclining Buddha at Pha That Luang
Temple at Pha That Luang
Another stupa

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane April 9th 2018

Woolly says – Having made our way to the central bus station we stood looking around for the number 14 bus, having checked the stands and realised that either our information was incorrect, or we were missing something, in our case a bus! A young man came towards us and thinking that he was a tuk tuk driver touting for business I turned away and continued to peer at the available signage. He was a driver but having asked for the location of our bus, not only did he point to the opposite side of the road but lead us across, stopping the traffic as we went, the people of Laos are some of the friendliest and most helpful you could wish to meet. Woolly says – Having found some seats and having no ... read more
Buddha Park
The Pumpkin
Buddha park

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