We'll always have Paris... in Laos
Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
46Trip End Mar 11, 2008
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In Laos (an old colony of France), the French influence is very apparent especially in the capital city. Vientiane has a Parisian flavour and it is very noticeable in its architecture, downtown area, street signs and cuisine. French restaurants offer gourmet meals at a fraction of the price. Golden temples decorate the city. Markets are also everywhere.
Laos is a country in need of assistance and Ty and I were disillusioned by the fact that the NGO's are located in the most expensive buildings in the very trendy parts of Vientiane. World Vision, UNICEF and UN organizations all display their brand new, top of the line, 4 by 4 trucks (one being a Toyota Sequoia). Most streets are not big enough for these monsters! Our money at work!?!
If you want to visit Laos, do it soon. In three years time, the country will open up to foreign businesses. The locals are concerned that they will suffer from too many enterprises venturing into their territory. I do hope that the charm, innocence and magic are not forgotten by money.