Settha Palace Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSettha Palace Hotel Vientiane
One of the grand hotels of the city. It has excellent service, although some of the rooms are dated and the air conditioning struggles to keep up with the city's famous "hot" and "hotter" climate. (I am encamped in one such room.) Be sure to request one of the updated rooms. Breakfast is spectacular, and the restaurant service impeccable. A great oasis in the city!
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Our tour today includes the highlights of the Capital of Laos, Vientiane. We begin at the most important national monument, the Great Stupa (Pha That Luang), believed to hold a relic of the Buddha. Full moon is in a few days, and the site is being prepared for the That Luang Festival, when thousands of monks come from all over the country to …
We are fortunate for another blue-sky day for our cruise on the Mekong River to its confluence with the Ou River. At this place there is a system of caves where local people hid their holy relics for safe-keeping during the war with Burma in the 1500's. Today it is still a repository of Buddha statues, with over 3,000 in the lower caves, and 1,000 …
... of smaller little bombs. Unfortunately, about a third of these never went off - they had a high failure rate and so they lay buried under fields, rice paddies etc. The locals value the metal for scrap and can make money from it so they buy cheap metal detectors and go searching for these things. The results are disastrous. Every year dozens are still killed or wounded by these devices going off. There are now international treaties against the use of these types of ...
... and finally to the Thai Embassy. This was probably a rip off, but we didn’t know what else to do, so we paid and went on our way.
After getting our passports stamped at Thai customs, we crossed the “Friendly Bridge” from Thailand to Laos.
On the other side of the "Friendly Bridge", the driver told us to get out again and stand in a queue where we had to hand over our passports as well as $30 which the van driver had given us. ...