Communism hear we come!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2011
Trip End Jan 14, 2012

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The train pulled in and we jumped off to be approached by the hordes of offers of Tuk Tuk Sir? One minute later and feeling very rightous we walk the 1km from the train station to the boader crossing (everyone else hopped on a tuk tuk) as we needed to stretch our legs. Two hours and much queuing and form filling later we get our visas approved and walk across 'no mans' land and on to a tuk tuk driven by a guy who could have been 90 into Vientiane to our hotel. 

Check in then off exploring the City asap - it's so quaint, quiet and small it doesn't deserve the title of 'City'.  It has a lot of French influence especially in it's architecture and food; they sell fabulous baguettes, cakes and coffee. It is however really nice and sedate, the complete opposite of Bangkok.

We visit the most important monument in Laos - Pha That Luang which means great stupa.  It is the most important building in Laos as it is a symbol of both sovereignty and Buddhist religion;  it is supposed to have been built on the sight where Buddha's breastbone was buried as early as the 3rd century BC. There are lots of other tourists here but they are all Asian, is Laos the Costa Del Sol of Asia? - hope not!  Back in town after a spot of tuk tuk negotiations. The atmosphere appears very relaxed for a capital city, is this a true taste of Laos and the slower pace of life that we have heard so much about?

The Stuppa is a Tuk Tu ride back via a coffee break and we finish the day with a walk along the Mekong and a wander through the Rues and Avenues.
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caryharri on

I had intended sending a message before you left! Glad you actually made it this time!!, looking forward to the reports x

Amanda on

Excellent idea - takes me back to our Thai trip - loved it there. Will keep checking. Enjoy.

Gilli on

Hi Suzanne and David - wow...this is so professional! I'm v. impressed and you've done so many amazing things must feel a million miles away from here! Keep the stories coming xx

Jo & Sean on

So sorry we missed you before you left but must catch up when you get back. Keep posting your fab messages as it is making us all feel very homesick especially as like you the far east is our second home. Love to you both.

david142 on

Nice to hear from you both and hope you keep enjoying our blog.

david142 on

We are glad your impressed as I know what your like re spelling etc. Hope you enjoy the next installment and your Christmas. xx

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