Trip Start Oct 27, 2008
33Trip End Oct 27, 2009
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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos but you wouldn't believe it. Its sleepy (everything shuts at 23:00, Because a massive majority of the city are buddhists and wake up every day at 0500am to meditate). Also very relaxed and chilled out with a slow pace of life. I really do love it here. Its also incredibly hot, which i love. The mekong river divides Laos and Thailand and as the sun gooe down thr river turns into one long beer garden. Watched the sunset yesterday and it was quite amazing.
Hired bikes today and got lost. Stumbled upon a local village where i had a bike race with some local children. Cycled around for the rest of the day with the sun on our backs. Could be easy to never leave here. We are spending new years eve at an open air concert with lots of beer tents. I think this is the one night a year Vientiane stays awake past midnight! Happy new year everyone xxx
Giles: Didn't have time to write in the previous blog as we were in a hurry for the mental bus from Hanoi to Laos. Anyhow, just to say I'm glad to be out of Vietnam - it had its good times, like the Easy Riders, the beaches, and Christmas was a laugh. But it was tainted with the bag theft, losing my phone, the capsizing, the workmen working til 5am digging up the street outside our window, and of course the numerous bouts of food poisonign we suffered. It also got wet and cold! Glad to say it's just the opposite here. So sunny and hot, so chilled out - the nation's capital is as busy as Locks Heath or Warsash!
Found my favourite brand of beer here (and favourite street vendor food, more on that in a bit!) - Beer Laos. Original but simple naming convention. Beer Laos Light and Beer Laos Dark. The light one is my favourite, 640ml bottles for 80p-ish, 5% and always served chilled. Tastes infinitely better than that 11p a glass stuff from Hanoi! The street food... mmmm spicy sticky rice cakes barbecued! And barbecued sweetcorn always nice. Spent 1.50 pounds on lunch today for both of us feasting on the above delicacies! The food generally is all spicy here, but not overly, we can both take it and it's really interesting. Makes for a brilliant evening chilling out on one of the numerous river bars watching the sunset munchign the food and drinking the beer.
Almost recovered from the capsizing incident too. Sam now has a new pair of sunglasses, the best yet in my opinion, Versace no less, authenticity confirmed with the 4 quid price tag... Bought a new camera in Hanoi too which is pretty funky, still getting used to the new toys it has. Of course we were assured it accepted our memory card we salvaged form the last camera by the sales assistant. So ten minutes later I was back in the shop forking out for another memory card that only that camera would take. Gotta love them, after all us white peopel are so rich and desevred to be ripped off... it's a mantra amongst the tourism community here. I just need a replacment Bond watch now - my old one is still kept as a relic from our adventures - it stopped working the second we capsized and its face is full of Pacific Ocean! Seen a few around here in Vientiane, but not to the quality workmanshop the Chinese sweatshops produce.
Off to watch another sunset now for another lazy evening of drink and food...
Happy New Year everyone!
Much love, Gam and Siles xxx