Vientiane - a quiet capital
Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
15Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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You remember that I had gotten acquainted with quite a few Thai and other lesbians through the internet before I travelled here. One of them was a Thai girl from Bangkok, named Al, who now works in Vientiane temporarily. So we arranged to meet up. She has an Icelandic girlfriend, it would have been nice to meet her too but she's in Iceland at the moment.
I had brunch at Joma's Cafe (yes that one with the great coffee and nice decor) and met up with Al there. We walked around town a bit, she doesn't know it that well yet either.
She works for her father's business in Bangkok but now she works in Vientiane temporarily. We also went to her office where she asked some colleagues to help out on how I could best buy my onward bus ticket. She even arranged for some guys to take me to the bus terminal 9km out of town to buy a ticket.
In the end it I could not buy a bus ticket in advance, they told me there were plenty of buses and I should just buy on the day I wanted to leave. So those guys of Al's office had driven out for nothing, basically and I felt a bit embarassed.
Also a few dubious couples: white old ugly guy + young pretty Asian woman, sometimes + child.
So I decided to - why not... - have another massage. This one was fantastic. It was at Champa Spa (highly recommended), a little more expensive than the usual ones but still dirt cheap: 115.000 kip for 90 minutes, so about 10 euros. The place looked very posh, in a dark wooden and sculptures sort of way. I had opted for the herbal traditional Lao massage. This involved sacks of herbs being heated in what seemed like a rice steamer pan. This time I got to wear not surf shorts, but a full length soft cotton suit, long legs and long sleeves. The masseuse was a
That evening I had dinner with the Thai girl Al. We talked about this and that and it was fun to hear some more about her, and (lesbian) life in Asia in general. I made some mistake ordering dinner and ended up with what seemed to be snacks / side dishes or fried fish and cashew nuts. At the restaurant a Lao duo was playing live music and singing familiar easy-listening songs in English. I am sure the lady was a lesbian. :-)