The most relaxed Captial on earth!

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 20, 2007

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Friday, April 28, 2006

After the very long bus ride north (10hours) we arrived in Vientiane around 9pm in the pissing rain - not just a shower but a thunderstorm! We caught a very wet Tuk-Tuk to Joe's guesthouse on the banks of the Mekong, and had some tasty Tex-Mex washed down with some great draught Beer Lao!! Vientiane like the rest of Laos is possibly the most relaxed capital city on earth - no hussle and bussle that you would expect from a Capital! Although people do say that Lao PDR actually stands for Laos Please Don't Rush!!
Vientiane still has a French feel to it, with numerous coffee shops and patissieres (too Hannahs delights) scattered around town, and some old colonial architechture it all makes for a very relaxed capital city. So far all weve mentioned in Lao's has been the western food we've eaten, we've actually eaten very few western meals since we've been away but we thought they're always worth a mention! We have also eaten some great Lao's dishes - Han particulary likes the curries (as they're coconuty) and the sticky rice, and Pauls favourite has been Laap Chicken - which is chicken ground with a big pestle a mortar with mint, chilli and other herbs to create a very spicy salad, which of course gets washed down with a large bottle of Beer Laos. Vientiane has some great and very cheap noodle bars, Paul had some of the best yellow noodle soup with duck at one place for around a 1 dollar, and along the river there are some great food stalls that sell very tasty BBQ Tiger Prawns - our favourite seafood!! Although we did get interupted by a rain shower the night we ate by the river!
As well as stuffing ourselves with food we managed to squeeze in some sight seeing, we visited Lao's version of the Arc De Triomphe - Patuxai which is a large unfinished monument built in the 1960's with US cement that was supposed to have been used for the construction of a new airport! We visited the Pha That Luang (World precious sacred Stupa) which is the symbol of Lao's sovereignty and the Buddhist religion (our pics of the Stupa are excellent). We spent several hours shopping (and eating) at Talat Sao (Market) where we bought several bargains including silk handcrafts and bamboo/paper decorative umbrella!
Next we moved onto Vang Vieng - Laos backpacker and party town!
- We will finally get round to adding our pics to the entries - but at the mo were simply having too much fun!
Or we're out in the sticks with no electricity!! Lao no worries!!xx
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