It may be a sleepy town, but....
Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
44Trip End Dec 12, 2012
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Vientiane -- pronounced "Vieng Chan" by the locals, but spelled as such by the French -- is quite a sleepy "town" for being a nation's capital with a population of 750,000. The old part of town, where almost all of the tourist sites are located, is easy to get around on foot...if you can bear the heat. As I started out on my journey, I noticed that all the sites were closed, even though it wasn't lunchtime, so thought I'd try again in the late afternoon, but things were still closed, so gave up.
While I wandered the streets looking for open sites, fellow tourists were, for the most part, very friendly. Everyone I talked to is doing the same, exact trip through Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos). We swapped information with one another, and wished one another good luck. There was one woman I met who is also from San Francisco, and has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for five months, with at least two months to go
With the sites apparently closed, and the heat getting to me, I spent the rest of the day in my hotel room, seated under the air conditioner and being lazy.